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Lincoln man arrested on arson charges

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[October 10, 2014]  LINCOLN - The Lincoln Police Department and Lincoln Fire Department responded to a dumpster on fire at Ace Hardware on Friday, October 3rd.

The dumpster was located behind Ace Hardware and contained in a fenced secured area. The fire was determined to be intentionally set and caused approximately $1500 in Damage. The Lincoln Police and Fire Departments have been investigating the fire since it occurred.

On Wednesday, October 8th, 2014, around 1:00A.M., Lincoln Police took a report from a resident on Broadway Street where 3 of the resident's vehicles were severely damaged while parked outside in front of the residence.

In the early morning hours of Wednesday, October 8th, 2014, a Lincoln Police officer found suspicious activity at a local auto repair shop located on North Chicago Street, where the officer found a vehicle on fire and a male suspect fleeing the scene.

Several vehicles were damaged and burglarized. Lincoln Fire Department responded to the scene, extinguished the vehicle fire and determined the fire to be intentionally set.

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Upon investigation, Lincoln Police officers gathered evidence and information linking these crimes and other crimes together and arrested a Lincoln man in the late morning hours of Wednesday, October 8th, on charges of 2 counts of Arson (Class 2 Felony), Criminal Damage to Property Over $10,000 (Class 3 Felony) and Burglary (Class 2 Felony).

The arrested suspect, Joel Schmidt, age 29, of Lincoln, is being held in the Logan County jail.

[Detective Sergeant Matt Vlahovich/Chief Ken Greenslate, City of Lincoln Police Department]

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