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Tipster heard Rock Hill men brag they set Bleachery fires

Apr 14, 2010 8:07:00 AM - thestate.com
The tip that led police to arrest two Rock Hill men in connection with a pair of fires set in the old Bleachery was overheard at the York County Library.

Tipsters saw Matthew Wallace and Christopher Anderson watching video footage of the blazes from news sites online and bragging about setting the July fires, said Rock Hill Police Capt. Mark Bollinger.

Wallace, now 18, pleaded no contest Tuesday in York County's General Sessions Court to third-degree arson charges in the July 3 and July 10 blazes. Judge Alex Macaulay sentenced Wallace to 10 years - five of them in prison and the other five on probation, with community service and other requirements.

Wallace and 20-year-old Anderson were charged in August in the fires at 500 W. White St. after a tip to the S.C. Arson Hotline. The men also were cited for trespassing in the former Rock Hill Printing & Finishing Co. site a day before the second fire.

There were so many trespassers on the property, Bollinger said, that police didn't think Wallace and Anderson were involved in the fire until they received that tip.