Brad Choat

BELLEVILLE, Ill. (KMOX) –  “Idiots”…”partners in crime”…terms used by law enforcers to describe two men arrested for a string of arson fires in and around Freeburg Illinois since late April.

23-year-old Bryan Boide of Belleville and 19-year-old Nicholas Haegele of O’Fallon Ill. are being held on $1 million bond each on six counts of arson.

Charges are pending in a seventh fire.

“Without a doubt a Beavis and Butthead duo,” said Captain Steven Johnson with the St. Clair County sheriff’s department during a mid-morning news conference in Belleville.

The end of the road for the two suspected arsonists came just after midnight Thursday, when a homeowner on Bay Pointe Drive east of Freeburg noticed somebody with flashlights moving around on his property.

He went outside with a rifle and confronted the two men and “basically made a citizen’s arrest”.

Without a cell phone, the homeowner marched the pair at muzzle point over to a neighbor’s house to summon police to the scene.

Since late April, there have been more than a half-dozen arson cases, usually targeting sheds, barns or other outbuildings.

Authorities say they’ve not been able to determine a motive for the arson spree.

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Bryan Boide

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Nicholas Haegele


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