Crime

Man arrested after allegedly setting fires along Madonna Road

Mario Saxton Colion Furtado, 32, a transient, was arrested Tuesday, July 26, 2016, on suspicion of arson, receiving stolen property and disorderly conduct.
Mario Saxton Colion Furtado, 32, a transient, was arrested Tuesday, July 26, 2016, on suspicion of arson, receiving stolen property and disorderly conduct. Courtesy of San Luis Obispo Police Department

A 32-year-old homeless man was arrested Tuesday morning after San Luis Obispo police said he set fires in trash cans and a dumpster on Madonna Road.

About 6 a.m., police and fire department personnel responded to the 200 block of Madonna Road for a report of a dumpster and two trash cans on fire.

About 30 minutes after they arrived, an officer in the area detained Mario Saxton Colion Furtado, who is a transient with no known city of residence, according to a police news release.

Investigators found surveillance footage from a business that allegedly shows Furtado starting the fires. Furtado was arrested and booked into San Luis Obispo County Jail on suspicion of arson, receiving stolen property and disorderly conduct. He remained in custody Tuesday afternoon in lieu of $65,000 bail.

The arrest follows a series of small fires over the past two years that investigators said they believe to be arson. According to the news release, it is not known whether Furtado was connected to those fires. The location of Tuesday’s fire was the scene of another suspected arson in March, when another man, who police said is homeless, was arrested after allegedly being caught on surveillance setting a small fire at a gas station.

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