On Monday, September 12, 2016 the BELVIDERE POLICE DEPARTMENT, BELVIDERE FIRE DEPARTMENT, and ILLINOIS STATE FIRE MARSHAL’S OFFICE concluded a 17 month investigation with the arrest of a Belvidere man on multiple counts of ARSON.
TYLER W. FAHEY, 23 years old of Belvidere, Illinois, was charged with one count of AGGRAVATED ARSON (class X felony) one count of ARSON (class 2 felony) and one count of BURGLARY (class 2 felony). Fahey remains in the Boone County Jail on a $500,000.00 (10%) bond.
On April 11, 2015 the Belvidere Police Department and Belvidere Fire Department responded to the 1300 block of Fairgrounds Rd., Belvidere, Boone County, IL for a vehicle that had been set on fire. Belvidere Fire Department Arson Investigators deemed the fire to be arson and Belvidere Police detectives were called to the scene.
On August 30, 2016 the Belvidere Fire Department responded to the 100 block of S. State Street, Belvidere, Il for a structure fire. The Belvidere Fire Department’s Arson Investigator, Belvidere Police Detectives, assisted by the Illinois State Fire Marshal’s Arson Investigator, conducted a coordinated and comprehensive investigation. Thanks to tips from the community and security surveillance video,investigators developed information that resulted in a search warrant of a residence in the 3500 block of Business Rte. 20, Belvidere, Il. Detectives recovered evidence pertinent to the arson investigations and developed information pertaining to a related burglary.
Detectives presented the information they had discovered throughout their investigations to the BOONE COUNTY STATE’S ATTORNEY’S OFFICE, which resulted in the authorization of one count of Aggravated Arson, one count of Arson, and one count of Burglary for Fahey.
A class X felony is punishable by six (6) to thirty (30) years in the Department of Corrections. A class 2 felony is punishable by three (3) to seven (7) years in the Department of Corrections.
The Belvidere Police Department encourages anyone having information pertaining to these crimes, or any other to call the Belvidere Police Department at 815-544-2135 or Crime Stoppers at 815-547-7867. Information leading to an arrest and conviction can be subject to a cash reward.