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Suspect Arrested For Contra Costa County Vehicle Fires, Arson Incidents

CONCORD (CBS SF) – A 36-year-old man was arrested early Saturday morning on suspicion of over 40 arson incidents around Contra Costa County, according to the Contra Costa County Fire Protection District.

Fire officials said in a coordinated effort with the Contra Costa County District Attorney's Office and Investigators along with the California Highway Patrol and both the Lafayette and Concord police departments, the man was located around 1 a.m. in Benicia.

According to fire officials, the man was in the driveway of a home and allegedly set fire to a vehicle when officers approached him.

He was immediately taken into custody brought to the Concord police department for questioning and his car was towed and searched for evidence. A search warrant was also executed to search his home for additional evidence.

The man was arrested on suspicion of 43 different arson incidents and is being held on $3.1 million bail. Fire officials said the suspect's name is not being released at this time.

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