IRVINE, California (AP) — A man already in prison for arson is facing new charges that he set fires as a diversion to burglarize fire stations in Southern California.
Prosecutors allege that 21-year-old Christian Saddler of Hesperia caused more than $5 million in damage. Authorities say Saddler set fires to divert crews in order to steal cash and personal items from Orange County stations.
The Orange County Fire Authority Tuesday announced new charges against Saddler, a one-time member of San Bernardino County’s Fire Explorer program.
Authorities say they suspect Saddler also set fires in San Bernardino, Riverside, and Los Angeles counties. Saddler currently is serving five years for arson and burglary involving other cases.