Newcomb fire starter arrested in box truck theft, barn fire

The aftermath of a Monday morning barn fire in Pike County that authorities are calling suspicious

The man accused of burning down the Newcomb Hotel in Quincy last year has been arrested again -- this time for theft, burglaries and arsons.

The Adams County Sheriff's office says 25-year-old Mathew Clark is accused of stealing a County Market truck with a forklift last week and other items from 3001 Broadway.

A news release from the sheriff's office claims Clark also stole a Transitions delivery truck earlier this week.

It was later recovered in Pike County, Illinois and had been set on fire.

Clark was arrested Wednesday, August 13.

He's charged with theft over $10,000 and burglary to a business. There are also pending charges for Clark in Pike County, Illinois including arson, theft criminal damage to state supported property, ciminal damage to property which has occurred over a span of two years.

Clark is in the Adams County Jail. His court date has been continued to September 9.

Last March, an Adams County judge sentenced Clark to 48-months probation for setting fire to the Newcomb Hotel last September.

Clark reached a plea deal with the state and pleaded guilty to burglary in February. As part of that negotiation, Clark faced up to four and a half years in prison.

During the sentencing hearing, the state asked Clark to be sentenced to the full four and a half years.

A judge sentenced Clark to probation.

Part of the sentence required Clark to pay more than $497,000 in restitution.