A 29-year-old man has been charged with arson after investigators report he set fire to a cart, dumpster and flower pots in separate incidents on Long Island.
Jatinder Singh was arrested following an incident in North New Hyde Park around 3:30 p.m. on Saturday, September 10, the Nassau County Police Department reported.
Police responded to a report of a theft and a shopping cart full of items on fire in the side parking lot of Five Below, located at 697 Hillside Ave., the NCPD said.
Employees told officers that a man had passed all of the outlets with the merchandise without paying, according to the report.
Authorities said Singh was seen on video striking a match and lighting the shopping cart before leaving the scene.
Officers located Singh in the area and arrested him without incident, police said.
The NCPD said Singh was also responsible for two other fires.
The first incident was a dumpster fire that occurred at Outlook Safety, located at 226-10 Jericho Turnpike in Bellerose Terrace, around 1:50 a.m. on Saturday, September 10, causing damage to an unoccupied building, said the NCPD.
About an hour later, flower pots were set on fire at G Resnick Realty, located at 249-02 Jericho Turnpike in Bellerose, which damaged the canvas canopy there, police said.
The NCPD said Singh was charged with:
- petty larceny
- Fifth degree arson
- Two counts of fourth degree arson
His arraignment was scheduled for Sunday, September 11, police reported.
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