A 51-year-old Mesa man was arrested Sunday on suspicion of intentionally setting several fires at his apartment complex because he was upset with management, police said.

Steven Ben Hines was arrested and booked on several counts of arson that took place within the last month at the Genoa Lakes Apartments at 3320 E. University Drive in Mesa, police said.

After initial fires occurred, Mesa detectives from the Red Mountain Patrol District set up surveillance at the complex and were present when another fire started, Mesa police said. 

Detectives located a man later identified as Hines who they suspected was involved in the fires. 

Hines admitted to officers that he set five dumpster fires since Oct. 25, Mesa police said.

He told investigators he was a resident of the complex but was unhappy with the management, police said.

Hines told officers that he set the fires in an attempt to get people to move out of the complex, police said.

Further details were not immediately available.


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