Oklahoma authorities search for serial arsonist

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PONCA CITY, Okla. – Authorities in Kay County are searching for a convicted arsonist who failed to appear in court.

In 2015, officials say 21-year-old Daniel Caleb Beaty was convicted of 26 counts of felony arson in Cherokee County.

According to the Tahlequah Daily Press, Beaty confessed that he had set 40 fires in the past couple of years in the Tahlequah area.

He accepted a plea deal and was sentenced to five years in prison and eight years suspended. However, he was released from prison on Oct. 21, but authorities believe that Beaty went back to his old ways.

On Nov. 9, Beaty was arrested in Ponca City after a witness called police and said a man was trying to set a building on fire.

According to the Ponca City News, the witness reportedly confronted Beaty and told him that he was calling police.

Beaty allegedly begged the witness not to call police and said that he had a problem.

After being arrested, officials say Beaty admitted to starting two or three fires by the old flour mill after moving to Ponca City.

He was charged with attempted fourth-degree arson after a felony conviction and was given a $25,000 bond.

He was released on bond, but has since failed to appear in Kay County court on the latest charges.

Officials say a failure to appear warrant has been issued for Beaty.

If you have any information on his whereabouts, call 911.

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