Docs: Serial Gilbert arsonist back in jail for starting dumpster fires

  • Source: KASW-CW6 & KTVK-3TV (
  • Published: 12/18/2017 07:05 AM

VIDEO: A serial arsonist is back in jail after starting several dumpster fires in Gilbert during the month of December, according to court documents. Richard Schmidt, 28, faces six charges of arson after admitting to starting at least three dumpster fires to officers near the area of Gilbert and Guadalupe roads. Officers were patrolling the area due to recent arson fires when they both noticed the smell of smoke. Around 1:20 a.m., officers contacted Schmidt, who was riding a motorized scooter without a headlamp in the area. While officers were speaking with Schmidt, they were notified about a dumpster fire one-half mile from their location at a Goodwill.


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