Mount Olive man charged with arson, theft

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Authorities have arrested a Mount Olive man who fled the state after an intensive investigation involving theft and arson of properties in southern Wayne County.

The Wayne County Sheriff’s Office announced that 39-year-old Omar Otero Seda, 237 Zion Church Road, had been found in Alabama on Sept. 2 and extradited back to North Carolina with the assistance of the NC Department of Safety.

According to reports, WCSO was dispatched on May 27 to assist the Dudley Fire Department in reference to a fire investigation request at La Palmita store on the 4000 block of US 117 South Alternate in Dudley.

Deputies and detectives worked the scene.

The Wayne County Fire Marshal’s Office, WCSO and Dudley FD investigation the origin and cause of the fire. They also determined that a taco food truck parked beside La Palmita had been broken into and property removed from it.

La Palmita had also been broken into and intentionally set on fire.

Authorities processed the scene and collected evidence.

Over the next two weeks, WCSO investigated two additional store fire cases in the southern portion of the county. The NC State Bureau of Investigation (SBI) and Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) assisted on the two cases.

Investigators identified a suspect through multiple interviews, evidence processed at the scene and tips from the public.

WCSO issued a warrant for Seda’s arrest on the following charges - felony of burning of certain buildings, burning in the commission of a felony, breaking and entering, larceny after breaking and entering, breaking and entering of a motor vehicle and possession of stolen goods.

The charges stemmed from the La Palmita investigation.

Authorities searched for Seda and learned he was wanted nationwide through the NCIC. He was arrested without incident and incarcerated in Enterprise, Alabama, on Sept. 2.

The NCDOC transport team brought Seda back to Wayne County where he will stand trial for charges from the La Palmita investigation. He is currently held under a secured bond of $186,000.

The other two fire cases remain open investigations.

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