Man accused of setting multiple fires across Albemarle in one night

Man accused of setting multiple fires across Albemarle in one night
Arias was then arrested and charged with five counts of felony burning of personal property, felony second-degree arson, felony breaking and entering a motor vehicle and felony larceny after breaking and entering. (Albemarle Police Department)

STANLY COUNTY, NC (WBTV) - A man was arrested on several charges after police say he set multiple things on fire across the town of Albemarle early Wednesday morning.

The investigation began around midnight when officers responded to a fire at the building beside the Hartsell Funeral Home on N. Second Street. That fire was extinguished before the building could burn completely down, officials said.

While fighting that fire, officers found a Jeep Grand Cherokee behind the building that had also been set on fire. That fire was quickly put out as well.

As another officer was responding to the first two fires, he saw a dumpster on fire behind City Hall on the same street. The officer tried to put out the fire with his extinguisher, but the fire department had to be called to get it under control.

A short time later, a utility pole in the parking lot of the Stanly County Library was set on fire.

Officers quickly began canvassing the area and talked to numerous people. After several interviews, they said it was determined 52-year-old Alex Arias was responsible for setting the fires. Investigators say Arias also set another fire at Garmon Mechanical on Old Charlotte Road on April 5.

Arias was then arrested and charged with five counts of felony burning of personal property, felony second-degree arson, felony breaking and entering a motor vehicle and felony larceny after breaking and entering.

Arias was booked on a $15,000 secured bond and is due in court on April 29.

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