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Police arrest Decatur man in connection to Big Bob Gibson fire

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Anthony Joseph Messina (Photo: Decatur Police Department)

DECATUR, Ala. – Decatur Police arrested Anthony Joseph Messina Monday in connection to a fire that damaged Big Bob Gibson BBQ last week.

Detective Jackson with the Property Crimes Division responded to a report of a fire damaging the outside of the restaurant at 1715 6th Ave Sunday, March 5th. During the investigation, Messina was developed as a suspect.

Detectives with the Property Crimes Unit arrested Messina at his home Monday and transported him to the Decatur Police Department, where he was charged with second degree arson. He was later transferred to the Morgan County Jail with a $2,500.00 bond.

According to the criminal code of Alabama, a person commits the crime of arson in the second degree if he intentionally damages a building by starting or maintaining a fire or causing an explosion. Arson in the second degree is a Class B felony.