BRISTOL - Two men were arrested in the early morning hours Monday after multiple city-owned garbage containers were set on fire on Shrub Road - and police are investigating to see if there is any connection to two other recent intentional fires in the area.
James Ryan Casner, 18, of Cheshire, and Terence Breck Conlon, 20, of 87 El Toro Drive, were both arrested after witnesses saw a truck they were in leaving the area where the fires were set.
Police received multiple calls at about 12:08 a.m. reporting several City of Bristol trash receptacles ablaze on Shrub Road. Firefighters also responded to put out the fires.
No injuries were reported.
According to witnesses, police said, a gray, diesel truck with a loud muffler was seen and heard leaving the area where the trash containers were on fire. Shortly thereafter, police found a similar vehicle and pulled it over on King Street.
Casner, the driver, was charged with five counts of conspiracy to commit third-degree criminal mischief. He was freed on a $500 non-surety bond.
Conlon was charged with five counts each of third-degree criminal mischief and conspiracy to commit third-degree criminal mischief. He is free on a $1,500 non-surety bond.
Both men are scheduled to be arraigned in Bristol Superior Court on April 17.
Recently, Bristol police said they, along with Plymouth police, are investigating two fires, one in Bristol and another in Plymouth, that are believed to have been intentionally set. They both occurred within a mile of one another three days apart.
The first was at the abandoned OZ Gedney factory in the Pequabuck section of Plymouth on South River-side Avenue on March 16, and the other happened at Ross Auto Parts in Bristol on Terryville Road on March 19. Terryville Road, when it crosses into Plymouth, turns into South Riverside Avenue.
“We will be looking into whether there’s any connection between these fires and the ones at OZ Gedney and Ross Auto Parts,” Detective Lt. Kevin Morrell said Monday. “We’ll be comparing the evidence collected and looking for similarities.”
Justin Muszynski can be reached at 860-973-1809 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.