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Smoking gun: Ham and cheese sandwich used to ID arson suspects

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Joshua Max Alexander Delano and Stanley Wade Mock

DALLAS, Ore. (KOIN) – Two men are in jail after investigators used a ham and cheese sandwich container left behind at an arson crime scene, to identify the suspects. 

Joshua Max Alexander Delano and Stanley Wade Mock are charged with first-degree arson, first-degree burglary and criminal mischief.

Police responded to reports of a house on fire on Dec. 29, 2017 in the 300 block of Southeast Arizona Street in Dallas. Police learned that the homeowner had just completed a remodel on the property and was preparing to sell it. Police also learned that prior to the home being set on fire, it was broken into and vandalized.

“All of the windows were painted from the inside,” according to a police report. “There were numerous holes in the drywall inside the house.”

The Oregon State Fire Marshal’s Office responded and determined that the fire had been intentionally set in one of the bedrooms, according to police. Police found several pieces of evidence at the scene including a cellphone in the garage, beer cans and a plastic sandwich container from Safeway.

The sandwich was ham and cheese, according to police.

Police went to the local Safeway and started reviewing surveillance video. They found a man buying a six pack of beer – the same kind of beer found at the scene – and a ham and cheese sandwich, according to police.

When police arrested Delano he admitted that he had purchased beer and a sandwich from Safeway, according to court documents. Delano told police that he and another man, later identified as Stanley Mock, went to the home on Southeast Arizona Street and started drinking and vandalizing the house.

Delano claimed it was Mock who started the fire.

Police spoke with Mock who confirmed that he was with Delano at the Safeway when the purchases were made, according to court documents. He also admitted to being with Delano when the house was vandalized.

Police later found video that shows the two men taking a video of the house on fire as firefighters are arriving, according to court documents. In the video, reportedly made by Mock, he can be heard saying, “we” burned the house.

Both men have been arraigned in Polk County Circuit Court.

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