Marysville—February 5th, 1:30 PM
The Marysville Police Department Investigations Unit and Snohomish County Property Crimes Task Force arrested a 42-year old Marysville man yesterday, February 4th, for a series of arsons and burglaries.
The Marysville Fire Marshal alerted police last week to a series of suspicious fires that had occurred over the past month.
While an investigation began into the fires, Marysville PD’s Crime Analyst discovered a pattern in the incidents, and also uncovered that the same suspect was involved in a series of commercial burglaries that had occurred in Everett, Marysville, and as far north as Skagit County. After committing the burglaries, the suspect allegedly lit trees and dumpsters on fire.
Investigators learned that the Mount Vernon Police Department had responded to an alarm on the 2nd of February and detained a person of interest. Working in collaboration with them, our detectives learned additional details about the suspect and his crime spree.
The suspect was stopped after leaving his home yesterday, arrested without incident, and has been speaking to investigators. A search warrant was served on his residence and stolen items from some of the burglaries were located.
“Good old fashioned police work, the assistance of our law enforcement partners, and help from members of the community provided multiple critical pieces of information leading to this arrest,” said Detective Sergeant James Maples. “We’re lucky no one was injured in any of these fires, and thankful for the assistance of all involved.”
The suspect was booked into the Snohomish County Jail on two counts of second degree burglary. Once the ongoing investigation is complete, detectives will forward additional counts of burglary and arson to the Snohomish County Prosecutor’s Office.