Arson Suspect in Custody for Hyannis Fires

posted by Walt Perkins - 

A 25-year-old Falmouth man was placed under arrest early this morning at the scene of a Hyannis fire. At about 12:20 am Barnstable Police were called to the newly built Hyannis Fire Station on High School Rd. for a piece of construction equipment on fire. Arriving officers found an excavator fully engulfed in flames, along with two smaller fires located under temporary office trailers. Officer Keith Sexton observed a male subject inside the fenced construction site and pursued him on foot to an adjacent pharmacy. The subject was identified as Allen Beckwith, 25, of Falmouth.

Hyannis Fire Department responded and extinguished all fires, and Barnstable Police Fire Investigator, Detective Sergeant John York, was called to the scene. The investigation alleged Beckwith entered the construction site, broke into a storage container, and proceeded to set two fires under the mobile offices in addition to setting the excavator on fire.

 Beckwith was placed under arrest at the scene and was charged with three counts of Arson, Breaking and Entering in the Night with Intent to Commit a Felony, Trespassing, and a Probation Warrant. He will be arraigned in Barnstable District Court this morning.

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