From the Office of the State Fire Marshal:
Deputy State Fire Marshals have arrested a man for charges related to a string of dumpsters fires that occurred earlier in the week. Alan Curtis Stuart (51) was taken into custody without incident this morning after investigators identified him as a suspect for intentionally igniting six (6) dumpsters. Tips from the public as well as members of the Harford County Sheriff’s Office assisted the Office of the State Fire Marshal in positively identifying the subject, later identified as Stuart, after he was observed on video surveillance cameras walking to the rear of the IHOP located on Pulaski Highway and intentionally igniting a dumpster at that location.
The charges resulted from a series of dumpster fires that began on July 13, 2015 at 1:30 AM. The first dumpster was located at Denny Lee Carpets at the intersection of Route 24 and Edgewood Road. Three more dumpsters were determined to be intentionally ignited behind Chesapeake Pawn, Zoorba’s Pizza and IHOP, all located between the 1000-2000 block of Pulaski Highway between 4:00 AM and 4:30 AM. With the exception of minor damage to the vinyl siding at Denny Lee Carpets, no structural damages occurred and the fires were contained to the dumpster. It is believed the suspect is tied to other dumpster fires located on Adair Court and Hardwick Place in Joppa that occurred on July 15, 2015 at 2:00 AM.
Stuart was charged with six counts of Arson-Trash Container, six counts of 2nd Degree Malicious Burning, Malicious Destruction of Property under $1,000 and Malicious Destruction Scheme over $1,000.00. He was transported to Harford County Detention Center where he awaits a bond hearing.
The use of social media is credited with assisting investigators closing the case quickly when alert Harford County Sheriff’s Office deputies recognized the suspect in the video and contacted the Office of the State Fire Marshal.