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Report: Argyle man tried to collect $156,000 in insurance money


ARGYLE (WKOW) -- Public records reveal more details about the investigation into the Lafayette County house fire that killed three young boys and an unborn child.

Search warrant documents WKOW obtained Thursday show authorities scanned an image of the crime scene on the 400 block of Oak Street in Argyle for further analysis and took a door knob with its lock assembly.

That is after Armin Wand III told investigators he locked two of his sons in their bedroom with the help of his 18-year-old brother, Jeremy Wand, the night police say they set the house on fire.

At Armin and Jeremy's parents home a few blocks away, investigators seized cell phones, several documents and electronic media storage devices.

The report also shows Armin says he tried to kill his family in the fire to collect up to $100,000 on his wife and $10,000 on each of his four childrens' life insurance policies, in addition to $16,000 on renter's insurance.

Armin's three sons died of smoke inhalation.

His wife, Sharon Wand, lost her unborn baby and is still in critical condition at UW Hospital.

Her family says her two-year-old daughter is healthy and safe.

Armin told investigators he planned the fire with his brother because his wife was complaining about not having enough money and that she wanted to leave him.

Lafayette County Sheriff's Department says it responded to a domestic disturbance at the home in June, along with a call last year when Armin was accused of kicking his dog.

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