Connecticut State Police have arrested a man accused of setting an Oxford house on fire in a scheme to collect insurance money.
Police arrested 42-year-old Leon Carson Thursday.
According to court documents, Carson is accused of setting fire to a mattress inside 586 Oxford Road in Oxford on July 29, 2016.
The home was vacant at the time and no injuries were reported. Police said the owner of the house was trying to evict the renter.
Investigators believe Carson and two other suspects drove from New York to Connecticut at the request of the property’s owner. The property owner, according to the arrest warrant, was in debt and had not collected rent on the property, and schemed to burn down the home to collect insurance money.
Carson faces multiple charges including first-degree arson, reckless endangerment, conspiracy to commit arson, criminal mischief, conspiracy to commit insurance fraud, tampering with physical evidence and interfering with an officer.
Several other arrests have been made in the case.