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Police arrest 2 in series of Eastern Shore arsons

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Tonya S. Bundick (Source: Virginia State Police) Tonya S. Bundick (Source: Virginia State Police)
RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) -

Virginia State Police arrested two people early Tuesday morning in connection with a series of arson fires on the Eastern Shore.

40-year-old Tonya S. Bundick and her boyfriend 38-year-old Charles R. Smith III, both of Parksley, were taken into custody following a traffic stop just after midnight Tuesday morning near an arson set at a vacant residence on Airport Drive in Melfa.

Based on evidence collected Wednesday, officials are confident that the pair is responsible for the majority of the fires set since Nov. 12, 2012. In all, 77 arson fires have been set along the Eastern Shore.

Bundick and Smith are each charged with one count of arson and one count of conspiracy to commit arson. Officials say additional charges will be coming soon.

The most recent fire was discovered at 11:40 p.m. Monday. It was quickly put out and caused minimal damage to the structure.

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