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Man arrested for mailbox, trashcan arsons in Hartford

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(Hartford police photo) (Hartford police photo)
James Williams. (Hartford police photo) James Williams. (Hartford police photo)

Police in Hartford said they arrested a man for setting a mailbox and several trashcans on fire.

They said 33-year-old James Williams of Bloomfield was tracked down with the help of a description from an eyewitness, according to police.

Officers said they were dispatched to the area of Park and market Streets Friday morning to help the Hartford Fire Department with a reported trash can fire.

Once firefighters extinguished the flames, investigators found the eyewitness.

The eyewitness told them that they saw Williams light several city trashcans and a U.S. Postal Service mailbox on fire. A description of the suspect was provided.

Photos of the damage can be seen here.

Williams was found to be walking on Charter Oak Avenue, near another trash can that had been set on fire.

The suspect was positively identified by the eyewitness and arrested.

Williams was charged with four counts of reckless burning, two counts of first-degree criminal mischief and two counts of third-degree criminal mischief.

In all, two solar-powered compacting trashcans, one regular trashcan and one mailbox were damaged.

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