32-year-old Mario Furtado, a San Luis Obispo transient, was arrested in connection with Tuesday’s morning dumpster and trash can fires in the 200 block of Madonna Road.
SLO police officers responded to the fires at 6:05 a.m. and arrested Furtado, who was still in the area, about 30 minutes later. No other suspects are believed to be involved in the incident.
Surveillance video from nearby businesses captured the suspect, whom police say resembled Furtado, starting the fires in the dumpster and trash cans.
The following is taken directly from a San Luis Obispo Police Department press release released Tuesday morning:
“The San Luis Obispo Police Department is currently investigating dozens of arson fires that have been set over the course of the last two years. At this point in the investigation it is unknown if Furtado is responsible for any other arson fires. Police and Fire Investigators are continuing to follow up on leads and information to find the person or persons responsible for setting these fires.”
Furtado was booked into San Luis Obispo County Jail for arson. His bail is set at $50,000. Anyone with information regarding this incident, or any other arson incidents, is asked to call the SLO Police Department.