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Police search for fire-setting thief in Catoosa County

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FORT OGLETHORPE, GA (WRCB) -  Police in Fort Oglethorpe are looking for a man accused of tearing up a local apartment complex, breaking into cars and even blowing up a family's U-Haul into flames.

Police consider Julian Rollings dangerous after he's accused of causing over $100,000 in damage several weeks ago. He's wanted on multiple counts of theft and arson. The 29-year-old also has charges in Hamilton County for attempted first degree murder and domestic aggravated assault.

Jordan Welbourn woke up to the sound of the U-Haul truck bursting into flames in the parking lot of Park Lake Apartments.

"Just a huge explosion, I mean, you felt it," Welbourn said.

Several cars were also broken into. Windows were smashed out. Welbourn's SUV being one of them.

"Broken window, I've covered it up so rain doesn't get in. A slashed tire, and he had taken all of my tools," he said, pointing out the damage.

Several people reported seeing Rollings that night and he was also caught on camera.

Fort Oglethorpe Police Sgt. Keith Sewell said people should be on the lookout.

"Somebody who would set fire to a vehicle in an apartment complex would be considered dangerous," Sewell said.

Between casually breaking into cars over the course of five hours, Sewell says Rollings also lit someone's Toyota Camry on fire by putting a t-shirt in the gas tank.

A family ready to move in also lost everything when their U-Haul exploded into flames.

But the destruction didn't stop there.

"He actually came out and spoke to some of the people in the parking lot while the fire was going on," said Sewell. "The same eyewitness who had seen him earlier in the night caught him looking into vehicles again at 3 a.m."

Welbourn thinks he was targeted because he tried helping Rollings before.

"I used the tools to help him fix a car, and that's how he knew the tools were in here."

Rollings is known to visit Jasper and Chattanooga. If you have any information on his whereabouts call the Fort Oglethorpe Police Department at (706) 866-2512 or Catoosa County Sheriff's Office at (706) 935-2424.
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