Rapid City man charged in arson spree

Crews battle Rapid Valley house fire in sub-zero temps
Crews battle Rapid Valley house fire that was later deemed an arson (File photo/KOTA)(Jerome Harvey)
Published: Feb. 10, 2021 at 10:41 AM CST
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RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) - A Rapid City man is charged with setting a series of fired that destroyed an artist’s studio, a garage, vehicle and other property.

Sixty-eight-year-old Raymond Andrzejewski was expected to appear in Pennington County Court Wednesday on four counts of arson.

Police Capt. James Johns says Andrzejewski’s arrest is the result of “really exhaustive police work” that included interviews, surveillance, physical evidence found at the crime scenes and video footage.

Two fires on Dec. 6 destroyed a garage, car, some outdoor gear, an artist’s studio and motorcycle. Another fire was discovered in the entryway to West Park Apartments on Dec. 31. A garage behind a nursing school was burned on Jan. 23. 

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