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Suspects are in custody for theft, fire at tire store in Versailles

August 16, 2011|edited news release | newsalerts@ky3.com

VERSAILLES, Mo. -- While making an inventory of evidence recovered in a previous investigation, Morgan County sheriff's deputies found two pieces of automotive electronics that fit some items that belong to Weaver’s Tires.  Deputy Yeager contacted Weaver’s and confirmed the items belonged to that business.  The items were in the office area, new in a box on the night that Weaver’s Tire burned.  

Yeager interviewed Joshua Sabin about the theft and the shop being burned.  Sabin admitted he and Michael Dickson broke in and stole these items but said Dickson is the one who burned the building to cover up the burglary. 

A full confession from Sabin describing the theft and arson was gathered.  He said they went directly to the office area and stole automotive power chips and discussed stealing wheels but Sabin declined due to their size.  He said Dickson decided to burn the Weaver’s Tire to avoid any evidence left from the burglary.

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Sabin said Dickson poured two gray quarts of oil on the floor in a straight line in the tire storage area floor (wood), then used dirty red shop rags collected from the store trash to wick.  They obtained a lighter from the shop's service truck and set fire to the rags. 

Sabin said once Dickson started the fire he left Dickson in the building and returned to his car and waited for him.  Dickson returned about five minutes later and left in the car with Sabin. 

Both Sabin and Dickson are in the Morgan County jail.

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