Palm Bay Police Arrest 47-Year-Old Suspect For Allegedly Setting ‘At Least 5 Brush Fires’

By  //  March 24, 2016

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Palm Bay Police have arrested 47-year-old Stephen Paul Tatro, from Palm Bay, in connection to the recent brush fires.

BREVARD COUNTY • PALM BAY, FLORIDA – Palm Bay Police have arrested 47-year-old Stephen Paul Tatro, from Palm Bay, in connection to the recent brush fires.

He is charged with: fleeing and avoiding a police officer, and malicious burning of land. Both charges are classified as felonies.

In response to the recent increase in brush fires throughout the city, Palm Bay Police and Fire have increased patrol surveillance in the area, as well as video surveillance in the area.

On Wednesday afternoon, officers arrested the suspect after he was observed fleeing the area where two fires had just been set, according to spokeswoman Karyn Barber of the Palm Bay Police Department.

At this time, it is believed that the suspect is linked to at least 5 brush fires that have occurred in the Compound in the last two months, according to a release by the Palm Bay Police Department.

Palm Bay Fire-Rescue intends to continue working with area agencies, including the Palm Bay Police Department and the Forestry Service.

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At this time the investigation is still ongoing and citizens are asked to remain vigilant and to take appropriate steps to protect their homes from the threat of wildfire.

The Palm Bay Fire-Rescue Department has a number of resources on the website at www.pbfl.org/fire  and residents can also call 321-409-6366

Citizens that have information can call the CRIMELINE at 1-800-423-TIPS (8477).

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