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]