The battalion fire chief reported to you that the crowd of onlookers braving the cold to watch the fire contains about 100 people. In addition, the battalion chief provides you with 3 plastic gas containers (3 gallons each), the type used for putting gas in lawn mowers.
They all have residual amounts of what smells like gasoline in them. The spouts are attached, and the caps are off of all three cans.
One of your investigators takes them as evidence.
The battalion chief related that the fire had 3 points of origin. One point of origin is upstairs in the rear warehouse section, one in the upstairs ladies' clothing department, and one downstairs in the side entrance of the store where the outdoor and garden section is located. It is clearly an arson fire. The battalion chief tells you that the fire will be under control in about 45 minutes, and he will release the scene shortly after that. You are aware, from local media sources, that this chain of stores has had employee relationship problems—specifically with gender inequality—and recently laid off 18 women for complaining.
Prepare a report on the details of the Novandon Discount Department Store arson fire. You should include the processing of evidence provided in the scenario and the processing of evidence found at the points of origin of the fire.
This includes how and why you recorded the artifacts and the scene. You should include safety equipment and precautions you took during processing.
Explain your probable cause for getting a warrant for the scene.
Address the following in 5–7 pages:
What are 2 actions that can be taken pertaining to the crowd of onlookers that might help you identify the offender(s)? Explain.
What are 2 areas you would check to ensure the scene can be searched safely? Explain.
What personnel records and other business papers should you subpoena from the Novandon Discount Department Store? Explain why.
What are 3 artifacts of a fire that would indicate the heat of the fire and points of origin? Explain.
What are 2 elements of evidence you would expect to find in the scene? Explain.
How would you collect them for evidence? Explain in detail.
What is 1 method for search, other than visual, you would use to identify the presence of an accelerant? Explain the process.
What are 2 items of equipment that will be absolutely necessary to conduct the crime scene search? Explain.
Promulgate a theory, based on facts and not on emotions, on the circumstances surrounding this arson investigation. Be as creative as necessary, but support all statements accordingly.
Be sure to reference all sources using APA style.
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Arson scene investigation and evidence triangulation plays a major role in case resolutions by ensuring that the factual and physical evidence remains valid.
Additionally, the scene scrutiny ensures that the investigator harnesses all potential and does not overlook any theories.
As such, this report, Novandon Discount Department Store Arson Fire (NDDSAF), presents the scene details as collected by Beatts City Arson Squad (BCAS) on 17 May 2015 starting from 0003hrs.
As well, the report offers an in depth analysis of the scene as collected through both observational and empirical recordings. Physical evidence and potential witnesses are the main source of the report tenets.
However, considering the size of the Novandon Discount Department Store (NDDS) the report encompasses an in depth data analysis of the organization’s files and documents to thin down case possibilities.
The report offers an all round case analysis by examining multiple possibilities resulting from the confounding variables: case expectations, evidence collection procedure, facts of interest and rationalizing theories.
Key Words: Evidence, Fire Source, Witness, examine, Security, Possibilities, Search
Novanda Discount Department Store ArsoN (NDDSAF) Report
A concerned onlooker called BCAS on site at 0030 hrs after the reportedly suspicious fire. According to the report by the battalion chief upon arrival, there have been more than one hundred onlookers watching the fire.
Other evidence including gallons of gasoline indicates beyond reasonable doubts that it is an Arson fire. In past media reports Novandon Stores has recently fired 18 women after continued gender issues.
As such, there is bigger possibility that the fire, if indeed arson, was masterminded by an insider who might have felt victim of management decisions. For inclusivity, the report is not limited to the eighteen-fired employees, but rather investigates other indirect victims of the decisions.
The scene investigations as proposed, conducted, and analyzed in this report rely on the known details of the crime and the possible explanations.
The investigators carried an examination of the onlookers in an attempt to identify anyone...