A Crofton man faces several arson-related charges for what Anne Arundel County fire investigators say is a string of fires in the Crofton and Gambrills area dating to spring of last year.
Fire marshals obtained a warrant May 5 charging Nicholas Edward Bukoski, 19, with first- and second-degree arson as well as related misdemeanor charges. He was charged May 12 while incarcerated on unrelated armed robbery charges, court records show.
Investigators with the Fire and Explosives Investigation Unit said Bukoski set fires to structures and garbage receptacles during a nearly year-long spree.
He was identified as a suspect in a string of dumpster and trash fires found by firefighters Jan. 21 in the area of Route 3 and Johns Hopkins Road in Gambrills.
The department released video surveillance showing after the fires and asked for the public’s help. Investigators said resulting tips caused them to turn their attention to Bukoski.
In cooperation with county Police Department, investigators executed arrest and search warrants at Bukoski’s home on April 9. Police arrested him on charges of robbery, theft and assault.
In a statement released Tuesday, the Anne Arundel County Fire Department officials said additional investigation found that Bukoski was responsible for setting fire to sheds as well as trying to start a fire at construction sites, including a nursing home under construction.
First-degree arson carries a sentence of up to 30 years in prison.
He’s being held without bond at the Jennifer Road Detention Center.
An attorney representing him in the robbery charges, Thomas A. Pavlinic, could not be reached for comment.