Wednesday, 20 March 2013

Arsonist Charged

A man has been charged by police for the three incidents of arson that afflicted Central Road shops and Stone Place in December and January.

Michael White, 36, of Malden Road, Worcester Park, was charged with three counts of arson at Sutton Police Station yesterday (Tuesday 19th March) and is due to appear at Croydon Magistrates Court on 4th April.

The three charges relate to the fires set to:
- rubbish at the front of Poundland on 11th December 2012
- a shed at the rear of WHSmith’s on 8th January 2013
- rubbish next to recycling bins in Stone Place close to the library on 8th January 2013.

All incidents happened between midnight and 1am.

The culprit was spotted on CCTV running from the scene on the 8th of January and then going straight to a cash point. All the police needed to do was ask the bank who had used the cash point at that time. When it turned out the man who had used it had a history of arson it wasn’t difficult to work out who to arrest. During questioning he admitted being in the area at the time and that he may have inadvertently dropped a lit match or cigarette.