24 Jun, 2019 @ 13:07
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Bin torching epidemic continues in Spain’s Mallorca as police arrest ANOTHER arsonist while damage totals €370,000

One of the dozens of fires set by the suspect
EPIDEMIC: Vandals in Palma have gone on a campaign of bin-torching

ANOTHER bin-torcher has been cuffed in Palma just weeks after the serial arsonist behind the crimes was jailed.

A 62-year-old Spanish retiree is the latest to be picked up by police for the spate of deliberate fires.

Police are now investigating whether the man, who is the fifth person arrested over the incidents, was linked to the fires in the Camp Redo area.

BUSTED: After the serial bin blazer (pictured) was detained, police then arrested another man for the crimes just weeks later

Days after his arrest, there were then two more container fires, both in Calle Eusebio Estada, taking the total number of bin burnings in Palma to over 370.

Total damages for the crimes are now estimated at around €370,000, as each unit costs around €700, while the cleanup is about €300.

It comes after one of the main arsonists, a 58-year-old man, was caught by police in Pere Garau, after he was seen starting a blaze on CCTV footage.

DAMAGE: Left by one of 36 blazes in Palma de Mallorca

The unnamed pyromaniac, who was nabbed by officers ‘with a lighter in each hand’, and is responsible for 36 different bin fires, acted in revenge, according to police.

After being arrested on June 4, it emerged that the firebug had been fined by police for letting his dog off the lead, so had begun a campaign of bin attacks, resulting in €76,000 of damage.

Police inspector Eduardo Perez said: “We surprised the arsonist with both hands inside the container and lighters ready to set fire to it.”

A police spokesperson told the Olive Press that the suspected ringleader of Palma’s bin fires remains in prison, despite his €100,000 bail.

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