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Wanted man arrested in New Jersey

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Scott Basile was arrested this after police tracked him down in New Jersey. He was wanted in Waterbury for allegedly setting a number of fires late last year.

Basile sits in the Bergen County Jail awaiting extradition to Connecticut.

Over the past few months, police tracked 23-year-old Basile to Norwich, Stamford and even New York City.

But, finally this weekend in Fort Lee, New Jersey, the lengthy search came to an end for Basile.

Police said Basile was wanted for setting numerous fires to Fratelli's Pizza and Catering on Hill Street late last year.

News of the arrest came as a big relief to Francisco Avendano, who is the restaurant's owner.

"I feel more like safe now that I know he got caught,” Avendano said.

Waterbury police told Eyewitness News they found Molotov cocktails and a propane tank at the restaurant on Christmas day and traced it back to Basile through DNA.

Eyewitness News told Basile was angry about a pizza order. He disappeared a little more than a week later.

"We was always worried, he was on the run,” Avendano said. “We don't know what's going to happen you know?  So we were always thinking is he going to come back or not?”

Basile eluded authorities more than three months. His car and cell phone were found in stamford.

This photo was captured of him crossing the Triboro Bridge.

But it wasn't until Saturday that New Jersey authorities finally caught up with him.

Avendano said he and his staff have been terrified for weeks, but now can breathe a little easier knowing Basile is behind bars.

"My staff feel great,” Avendano said. “No worries no more."

Basile's parents could not be reached for comment on Monday, but have said their son has mental health issues and needs help.

Waterbury police told Eyewitness News Basile will be extradited to Connecticut soon, but so far, no exact day has been set.

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