Suspect arrested in Dover arson case
DOVER, Del. – Police say they have arrested a Dover man in connection to an early morning fire at an apartment complex.
At around 6:30 a.m. Monday, officers responded to Liberty Court Apartments for a report of a man setting a fire. On arrival, officers found a bottle on fire and were able to extinguish it.
Witnesses reported that 35-year-old Benjamin Glanden was irate and threw the bottle onto the roof of one of the buildings, causing damage to the roof, siding, and gutters. Further investigation led officers to find damaged gas meters on one of the buildings, as well as a damaged golf cart nearby. Police say Glanden damaged the gas meters with a sledgehammer, and it was also determined that the golf cart was one that had been reported as stolen by Bayhealth. When the golf cart became disabled, Glanden left and later returned in a dark SUV.
Detectives were able to obtain fingerprints from the bottle that was used by Glanden and were able to get a match. On Monday afternoon, Glanden was taken into custody at his home without incident. Police say he was still wearing the same clothing as he was in the images from the Liberty Court incident that morning.
Glanden was charged with first degree arson, attempted first degree arson, receiving stolen property, two counts of criminal mischief, and third degree criminal trespass. He was held at SCI on a $32,100 secured bond.