Boston Man Arrested for Setting Dumpster Fires in the Back Bay Area

The search for the suspect wanted for setting several dumpster fires in the downtown Boston areas is over. Earlier this evening, officers arrested William Elliott, 44, of Boston and charged him with the Burning of Personal Property.

The BPD released an image last week and asked for the public’s help in an effort to identify the individual responsible for several dumpster and recycle bin fires in Boston. The first fire was reported on Friday, April 17, at about 6 p.m. Since that time, there have been nine additional reports made for a total of 10 dumpster fires. Fires have occurred on the following days in the following locations:

Friday: Three fires reported on Friday, April 17, beginning at about 6:20 p.m.:  •Rear of 67 Newbury Street (Public Alley 436)

•Rear of 74 Commonwealth Ave (Public Alley 436)

•Rear of 581 Boylston Street (Public Alley 439)

Saturday: Two fires reported on Saturday, April 18, beginning at about 1 p.m.:

•Rear of 200 Newbury Street (Public Alley 441)

•Rear of 120-130 Commonwealth Ave (Public Alley 435)

SUNDAY: Five dumpster fires reported on Sunday, April 19, beginning at about 7:55 p.m.:

•Rear of 327 Newbury Street near 45 Hereford Street (Public Alley 430)

•Rear of 645 Boylston Street (Public Alley 440)

•Rear of 587 Boylston Street (Public Alley 439)

•Rear of 67 Newbury Street (Public Alley 436) •Public Garden Trash Barrel Fire located near gate at Arlington and Marlborough Streets.

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