Plainville man charged with lighting car on fire

Plainville man charged with lighting car on fire

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PLAINVILLE — A local man faces charges after police said he lit a car on fire in the parking lot of the Tilcon quarry Saturday. 

Edward Pahde, 51, of 126 New Britain Ave., was arrested on Saturday and charged with first-degree arson, first-degree reckless endangerment, carrying a dangerous weapon and second-degree breach of peace. 

On Saturday around 8 p.m. police responded to a car fire in the parking lot of Tilcon, 590 Black Rock Ave., according to a police report. Officers that responded saw a 2006 Volkswagen Jetta in the lot with flames near the gas cap area, the report said. Officers said there appeared to be a rag in the gas filler pipe.

After extinguishing the fire, fire crews found what they believed to be camping fuel on the ground under the car, the report said.

Police conducted a K9 track and found Pahde about a quarter mile away in the wooded area, the report said. Police noted Pahde was the registered owner of the car, and he was taken into custody without incident.

Officers who searched Pahde found a knife, a lighter, and two cans of .25 caliber pellets. Officers also found a pellet gun in the area where Pahde was taken into custody. 

Pahde was held on bond and arraigned in Bristol Superior Court on Monday. Bond was set at $75,000 and he is due back in court on Sept. 19. 

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