Woman accused of burglarizing, burning Moulton business
MOULTON, AL (WAFF) - A woman is charged with arson and burglary for allegedly setting fire to - and stealing from - a business in Moulton which lies just feet from the city's police department.
Investigators said they're not sure why she did it. The business is a hair salon, and all of the items stolen were salon-specific: curling irons, a hair dryer, cutting shears, et cetera. Other things like television sets were left behind.
The fire at the Hannah And Me Hair Salon happened the night of July 20. Investigators determined there had been a burglary before the fire was set.
The next night, authorities said someone came back to the business and stole more property.
The Moulton Fire Department, the Police Department and the State Fire Marshal's office formed a task force. People in the neighborhood gave them a description of a woman they saw in the area the night of the fire.
That led them to 26-year-old Ashley Nicole Liles. Officials said when they checked her out, they discovered the stolen items. Liles is charged with two arson counts, three counts of burglary, and one count of theft.
"It's one of those things, you just wonder what they're thinking, what they're mindset was," said Fire Chief Ryan Jolly. "Were they desperate? Were they just that evil? You really don't know what to think with somebody who has no regard for somebody's belongings like that."
The woman who owns Hannah and Me is still back in business, thanks to a neighboring business and help from people in the hair industry.
Detra Smith is still cutting and styling hair while she figures out if she can rebuild her Hannah and Me Hair Salon. Owners of a business next door are letting her use their storage area. She said she has also received donations of tools and products she needs from local hair salons, and from some across the country who heard about what happened. She also just got all of her stolen items back.
"I'm the mother of a young woman, and I don't want to see anyone have to live in prison," said Smith. "But I also don't want any of my neighbors to be afraid. I don't want this to happen to anyone else. This woman needs to be punished for what she did."
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