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Occupy Fort Collins Member Arrested for Arson Which Caused $10 Million in Damage

John on November 4, 2011 at 12:21 pm

Hat tip to Melissa Clouthier on Twitter.

Among all the crimes attributed to the occupations across the country–rape, assault, theft, vandalism–there was still one missing…until now:

Police have arrested an Occupy Fort Collins protester in connection with a $10 million arson fire that damaged dozens of condominiums and businesses in Fort Collins.

Benjamin David Gilmore, 29, was arrested on Thursday night on suspicion of arson, burglary and criminal mischief.

On Oct. 24, a fire started at 3:30 a.m. in a four-story apartment complex under construction. The fire spread to the occupied Penny Flats condominium and retail building next door.

And what do Occupy spokespeople say every single time one of their regulars gets arrested? The homeless did it:

“He had no reason to do this,” Crisler [the OFC media person]said. “They’re [investigators] just looking for a scapegoat.”

Crisler believes the fire was started by several homeless people who took refuge in the apartment complex that was under construction…Crisler said the protesters told investigators about the five homeless people.

The homeless people were apparently arrested and released.

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