JC woman charged with arson over church fire
A Jefferson City woman has been charged with second degree arson for allegedly starting a fire in a church in May.
Anna-Marie Mullins, 21, is also charged with the offenses of second-degree burglary, theft, first-degree property damage and tampering with physical evidence, as well as one count of forgery of computer hardware.
A probable cause statement from the Jefferson City Police Department indicates that the incident occurred at Christian Fellowship Church on St. Mary’s Boulevard.
Officers found a door open to the building and inside they discovered that a large wooden cross inside the shrine had been burnt.
A witness told police that a laptop computer was missing from the church, along with a mandolin and a glass vase containing parishioners’ money to be donated to charity.
CCTV reportedly showed a white woman inside the church, then captured her face as she repositioned the security cameras so that they were pointed at walls and ceilings. The wooden cross was also seen, engulfed in flames.
The fingerprints were collected at the crime scene and sent to the Missouri Highway Patrol Crime Lab for testing. On Monday, lab officials informed the JCPD that seven latent fingerprints had been found and that a search of the patrol’s database matched the fingerprints to Mullins.
Investigators later compared Mullins’ face on his driver’s license to the woman’s face seen on the church’s security camera. Detectives then searched online and were able to discover that Mullins had sold a laptop and mandolin, like the ones stolen from the church, from a pawnshop in Columbia in June.
Police contacted Mullins by phone on Thursday and asked him to come to the police department for an interview. She said she wouldn’t and eventually the police went to arrest her.