The 61-year-old former firefighter who belonged to the Balearic Institute of Nature (Ibanat) and was arrested last Monday for causing seven fires in the last month in the towns of Selva and Caimari (Mallorca) has gone to court this Wednesday.
The Civil Guard Service for the Protection of Nature (Seprona) began this investigation on July 19, after a fire broke out near the Selva cemetery, in which the agents found evidence that it could be intentional. After five more fires, the Benemérita prepared a drone to investigate the man, suspected of being the author.
The individual, currently on sick leave, was recorded on Monday by a Benemérita drone fleeing on a motorcycle and completely drunk after causing another fire in the municipality of Caimari, in an area very close to some homes. The culprit set a fire on a farm using the ‘flash’ technique.
The arsonist was completely unaware that he had been under surveillance for more than two weeks by several investigators for being suspected of causing several agricultural and forest fires in his area. The neighbors knew that they were being provoked, so they decided to notify the emergency teams.
For this reason, the Civil Guard proceeded to arrest this man, a Spanish national and 61 years old. This is an Ibanat worker who was on leave for unknown reasons, who had previously participated in the fire prevention devices but was now in charge of monitoring the recreational areas of Mallorca and used to alert fire teams to the extinction. At the time of his arrest, he had with him several lighters, fire starters, papers, and accelerants.
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