Parish (WSYR-TV) -- A Fulton man told police he was high on bath salts when he broke into a random home, stole jewelry and then set the house on fire.
The fire happened on Monday at 296 White Road in the town of Parish, according to State Police.
Fire investigators concluded that the fire was intentionally set. No one was home at the time of the fire.
State Police say the home was burglarized prior to the fire by an armed suspect, identified as 28-year-old Benjamin M. Barnes. An investigation further revealed that a 12-gauge shotgun round had been shot inside the home.
Barnes was caught after police say he crashed his car on Route 29 in Scriba and tried to run. He was arrested shortly thereafter.
While being processed, authorities found jewelry in Barnes’ possession, which they say he had no reasonable explanation for. It was later determined that the jewelry belonged to the victim of the White Road burglary.
Barnes has been charged with DWI, burglary, arson and criminal possession of a weapon. He’s being held at the Oswego County Jail on $10,000 cash bail or $20,000 secured bond.