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Michael Dotro, N.J. cop, accused of firebombing supervisor's home

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(CBS) MONROE TOWNSHIP, N.J. - Michael A. Dotro, a 35-year-old New Jersey cop, was charged with five counts of attempted murder and one count of aggravated arson on Thursday after he allegedly firebombed his police captain's home Monday, authorities say, according to CBS New York.

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The station reports Edison Police Department Captain Mark Anderko was at home with his wife, children and 92-year-old mother on Monday morning when the fire broke out.

Police said no one was injured, but the fire did cause significant damage to the family's two-story home, according to the station.

The Middlesex County Prosecutor's office and the Monroe Township Police Department conducted an investigation into the fire this week, and the New Jersey Police Benevolent Association offered a $20,000 reward for information, the station reports.

One of Dotro's lawyers, Lawrence Bitterman, said he was shocked by the allegations against his client, according to NJ.com.

"I find it utterly incomprehensible to believe that Mike, who I've known in his capacity as PBA [Police Benevolent Association] representative, could ever be involved in anything like this," Lawrence told the site.

While many in the community are surprised by the severity of the alleged crime, they are aware of the internal strife that has plagued the Edison Police Department for years, CBS New York reports.

According to the station, the department has been the subject of a wide-ranging investigation due to the severity of the allegations of misconduct and mismanagement within its ranks.

CBS New York reports that Dotro's bail was set at $5 million. If he posts bail, he must turn in his firearms and his passport, prosecutors say. He has been suspended from his job with pay.

  • Crimesider Staff

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