Thursday, July 17, 2008

Long Beach Pair Nabbed for Suspected Arsons

A pair of Long Beach men have been arrested after being suspected of setting dozens of fires in their neighborhood recently.

Caldrin Benitez and Juan Alvarez, both 22, were arrested early Tuesday morning after being served arrest and search warrants.

The duo are suspected of being behind some 24 fires that took place in their neighborhood in late June and the beginning of July. While none of the fires caused significant damage, authorities say the potential was there for a much greater problem.

The two were reportedly caught by surveillance video at local businesses where the fires were set and by bragging about their crimes to area residents.

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