Scottsdale business owner in the north was arrested on suspicion that a fire would be set to his custom rubber and his furniture shop in early Sunday.
James Richard Waller, 75, was booked for counting arson and criminal damage in relation to fire broke out by Rugs and High Desert Dressing, located in a shopping center at 8900 E. Pinnacle Peak Road, Scottsdale police said.
Scottsdale fire team responded to fire at the scene around 4:30 pm Sunday, the police said.
The firefighters were able to extinguish the fire quickly, along with an activated sprinkler system, which the police said.
The fire damage was confined to Rugby and High Desert Dressing, but the police said many businesses and adjacent vehicles were exposed to spray paint.
Investigators found that damage to the paint was associated with the fire. Evidence also found that police directed Waller to all the damage, the police said in a press release.
Waller was arrested later on Sunday and booked, but was subsequently released until formal fees were taken from Maricopa County Solicitor's Office, Scottsdale police said.
The investigation is ongoing, and the police have added.
According to its websites, Rugs and High Desert Fittings were established in Scottsdale for 15 years. It specializes in custom rugs, wall coverings and other home accessories.
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