High Country Crime Stoppers Tip Helps Lead to Arrest
On April 16, 2022, Boone Police Officers responded to a suspicious incident at St. Elizabeth Catholic Church, located at 259 Pilgrims Way. An investigation revealed that at roughly 8:08 a.m. Saturday morning, a male poured gasoline on a doorway and sidewalk leading into the rear entrance to the church. An anonymous Crime Stoppers tip led investigators to speak with Thomas Jon Peluso, 44 years of age, of Old Hwy 421, Boone, NC.
As a result of the tip and interview Peluso was arrested and charged with one felonious count of Aiding in the Burning of a Religious Building. Peluso was given a $50,000.00 secured bond pending a May 24, 2022, court appearance. He was taken to the Watauga County Detention Center for confinement.
The Boone Police Department would like to thank the community for working in conjunction with investigators, which led to the quick arrest of this suspect.