Statement issued Wednesday by the Indiana Department of Homeland Security:
State and military officers today arrested a member of the security force with Grissom Air Force Base in Peru, Indiana, on charges of arson, a class C felony.
Ben Durr with the United States Air Force was arrested by Indiana State Fire Marshal’s Office fire investigators, the Federal Office of Special Investigations and the U.S. Air Force. His wife, Wendy, also was arrested today for conspiracy to commit arson, also a class C felony.
On September 14, 2011, a fire occurred at the Durr’s residence at 202 N Davis Street in Walton, IN (Cass County). Indiana State Fire Marshal’s Office fire investigators determined that the fire was intentionally set. Due to pending legal action, no more details can be released.
Investigators with the State Marshal’s Office have full arrest powers in Indiana. The Indiana State Fire Marshal’s Office is a division of the Indiana Department of Homeland Security.