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Arson arrest made for several recent 'suspicious' fires in Salina after tip, deputies say

Thomas Cerio (Onondaga County Sheriff's Office)

The Onondaga County Sheriff's Office has made an arrest in their investigation into several suspicious fires that happened in the Town of Salina.

Thomas Cerio, 58, was charged with third-degree arson and second-degree criminal mischief Tuesday morning, the sheriff's office said. Deputies said a tip from a citizen who recognized Cerio as the suspect seen in surveillance photos led to the arrest.

According to officials, deputies and Liverpool Fire Department firefighters responded to Electronics Park off Larkin Street around 11:11 p.m. Sunday after a passerby called 911 to report several garbage cans on fire.

The fires were quickly extinguished and determined to be intentionally set.

Around 5:31 a.m. Monday, emergency responders returned to the park after a deputy on patrol saw smoke coming from a storage shed. The shed sustained significant damage, which was also determined to be intentionally set.

The sheriff's office said those fires happened after another fire occurred at the Syracuse Indoor Sports Center on May 28. Detectives investigating that fire determined that the rear entrance to the building was intentionally set. Firefighters were able to quickly extinguish that fire, preventing it from spreading and causing further damage.

Cerio was sent to the Onondaga County Justice Center to await arraignment. The fires remain under investigation.

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