Roseville police officers and firefighters have arrested a man being investigated for a possible connection to a series of fires set in an open-space corridor.
Robert De Los Santos, 43, of Roseville was arrested on suspicion of arson in connection with one of the fires. He was being held Friday in Placer County jail on $170,000 bail while investigators looked into his possible involvement with other fires.
Since early July, Roseville firefighters have noted a high number of fires in an open-space corridor southeast of the intersection of Foothills and Pleasant Grove boulevards, according to a police press release. Each time, firefighters were able to extinguish the flames before fire spread to neighboring homes.
The arson fires prompted firefighters to meet with officers to try to find out who was setting the blazes. They also told residents to be on the lookout for an arsonist.
At 3:49 a.m. Tuesday, a fire broke out in the same vicinity as the earlier incidents. Roseville officers quickly began searching the area, stopping De Los Santos, who was riding a bike on a nearby street.
Investigators searched his nearby house where “they found tools and materials commonly used to start fires, as well as materials that can be used to create improvised explosive devices,”according to the police press release.