Santa Monica Police Arrest Suspected Serial Arsonist

The 54-year-old homeless man had allegedly set at least 10 fires since Dec. 30.

By Samia Khan
|  Tuesday, Jan 21, 2014  |  Updated 4:01 AM PDT
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Santa Monica Police Arrest Suspected Serial Arsonist

Santa Monica Police arrested 54-year-old Balbinder Singh Sihota for allegedly setting at least 10 fires in the city of Santa Monica between Dec. 30, 2013 and Jan. 9, 2014.

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A 54-year-old homeless man has been arrested after allegedly setting at least 10 fires in Santa Monica.

The District Attorney’s office filed 4 counts of felony arson against Balbinder Singh Sihota, the suspected serial arsonist who allegedly set the fires over a 10-day period beginning on Dec. 30.

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Many of the fires involved lighting trash dumpsters and discarded Christmas trees. Three apartment complexes were damaged in the fires, and at one complex, the fire had burned into the ground-level garage and threatened to burn into the living area of the complex.

Another fire caused major damage to a car parked at a car dealership.

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Santa Monica Police arrested Sihota on Jan 9 after undercover officers’ noticed him flicking a lighter several times for no apparent reason and acting suspiciously in the area where the arsons were taking place.
 

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