Police arrest suspect in series of downtown Boulder fires – The Denver Post

Police arrested a 53-year-old man who reportedly confessed to setting a series of dumpster and shed fires in downtown Boulder on Friday.

Troy Schneider was arrested Friday on suspicion of three counts of first-degree arson, two counts of second-degree arson, two counts of second-degree burglary and one count of attempted second-degree burglary.

Police said Schneider was tied to a series of four fires between noon and 5 p.m. Friday in the downtown Boulder area: a dumpster fire at 15th and Pearl streets, a mechanical room fire in the 800 block of Pearl Street, a shed fire in the 1300 block of Arapahoe Avenue and another dumpster fire in the 1000 block of Lawry Lane.

Firefighters were able to extinguish all of the fires before they spread and without any injuries.

Surveillance photos were gathered from the scenes of those fires once they were determined to be suspicious. Boulder police then saw Schneider at 6:53 p.m. Friday walking in the University Hill neighborhood and noticed he matched the description of the suspect in the surveillance images.

According to an arrest affidavit, Schneider, who is a homeless person, confessed to setting the fires in order to get people to stop following him.

Schneider also confessed to setting a fire in the 900 block of Walnut Street on June 28.

According to police, Schneider on Friday also tried unsuccessfully tried to break into a home in the 300 block of Arapahoe Avenue, but was caught on a security tape.

Schneider has an extensive arrest record that includes convictions for motor vehicle theft, possession of a controlled substance, felony escape, vehicular eluding, false reporting, theft, criminal impersonation, third-degree assault and trespassing.

He remains in custody at the Boulder County Jail on $7,500 as he awaits a formal filing of charges on Wednesday.

Police have not yet released Schneider’s booking photo.

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