Mission Station police officers have arrested a 41-year-old man, Michael Boyle, in connection with a string of trash can fires and other arson incidents in the Mission and SoMa, according to an SFPD statement.
The 11 fires, which occurred between late October and mid-November, were mostly set in sidewalk trash cans, though in one case, a fire was set inside the lobby of a bank and in another a tent was lit on fire, which later ignited a car fire.
Boyle was arrested on Nov. 18 around 3 a.m. at 19th and Florida streets and booked at San Francisco County Jail on arson related charges. An Arson Task Force investigation led to his arrest, and investigators are still determining whether others are connected to the recent arsons.
Police encouraged anyone with information on the case to contact the SFPD Anonymous Tip Line at (415) 575-4444 or text-a-tip to TIP411 with SFPD at the beginning of the message.