UPDATE: BPD Officers Arrest Suspect Wanted in Connection to Several Dumpster Fires in Boston:
The search for the suspect wanted for setting several dumpster fires in Boston is over. Earlier Monday evening, officers arrested William Elliott, 44, of Boston and charged him with the Burning of Personal Property. Mr. Elliott is scheduled to be arraigned on Tuesday.
Community Alert: BPD Seeking Public’s Help in Effort to ID Individual Wanted in Connection to Several Dumpster Fires in Boston: The BPD is releasing an image and asking for the public’s help in an effort to identify the individual responsible for several dumpster and recycle bin fires in Boston. The individual is described as a light-skinned male wearing a gray baseball hat with black brim, dark-colored jacket with hood while carrying a green-colored grocery bag and black backpack. The first fire was reported on Friday, April 17, 2020 at about 6:00pm. Since that time, there have been 9 additional reports made for a total of 10 dumpster fires. Fires have occurred on the following days in the following locations:
FRIDAY: Three fires reported on Friday, April 17, 2020 beginning at about 6:20pm:
(1) Rear of 67 Newbury Street (Public Alley 436)
(2) Rear of 74 Commonwealth Ave (Public Alley 436)
(3) Rear of 581 Boylston Street (Public Alley 439)
SATURDAY: Two fires reported on Saturday, April 18, 2020 beginning at about 1:00pm:
SUNDAY: Five dumpster fires reported on Sunday, April 19, 2020 beginning at about 7:55pm:
(6) Rear of 327 Newbury Street near 45 Hereford Street (Public Alley 430)
(7) Rear of 645 Boylston Street (Public Alley 440)
(8) Rear of 587 Boylston Street (Public Alley 439)
(9) Rear of 67 Newbury Street (Public Alley 436)
(10) Public Garden Trash Barrel Fire located near gate at Arlington and Marlborough Streets
Anyone with information relative to this individual’s identity or whereabouts is asked to call the BPD’s Fire Investigation Unit at (617) 343-3324
Community members wishing to assist this investigation anonymously can do so by calling the CrimeStoppers Tip Line at 1 (800) 494-TIPS or by texting the word ‘TIP’ to CRIME (27463). The Boston Police Department will stringently guard and protect the identities of all those who wish to assist this investigation in an anonymous manner.