Virginia Beach Fire Investigators Charge Local Man with Arson

Friday, January 24, 2020

​On August 19, 2019 at approximately 3:30 a.m., Virginia Beach Fire and Police were called to the 2500 block of Entrada Drive for a report of a fire.  Investigators later determined that the fire was intentionally set.

After several months of a unified investigation by members of the Virginia Beach Fire Department's Fire Marshal's Office and members of the Virginia Beach Police Department's Special Investigations Unit, an arrest has been made.

On January 23, 2020 at approximately 11 a.m., investigators arrested Theodore Purnell Olsen, 45, of Virginia Beach.  Olsen has been charged with one count of Felony Arson to Personal Property and one count of misdemeanor Destruction of Property.  Olsen is being held in the Virginia Beach Correctional Center without bond.

This remains an active investigation.