Alleged fire starter caught on video, police say

Scott Baker charged with series of fires

Police booking photo of Scott Baker. Image Courtesy: North Adams Police Department

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. (WWLP) – A man who allegedly set fire to a dumpster behind the North Adams Juvenile Court “on a weekly basis” has been arrested, after police say they caught him on surveillance video.

According to North Adams police, Scott Baker is being charged with eight counts of burning personal property and two counts of burning leaves. The department says they have been investigating a series of fires in that dumpster since September 25, and that they were also looking into incidents in which leaf piles were set on fire behind the North Adams Public Library and the Notre Dame Church.

Officers reviewed footage taken near the courthouse dumpster, and shortly after a fire in that dumpster on Sunday, police arrested Baker on Ashland Street. “Baker was wearing the same clothes upon apprehension as he was when he set the dumpster on fire,” the department wrote on their official Facebook page.

He was held on $1,040 cash bail, and was scheduled for arraignment Monday at Northern Berkshire District Court in North Adams.

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