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Chico man arrested for arson in Christian & Johnson Co. parking lot

Chico fire crews responded to a fire burning in a concrete planter box in the parking lot of Christian & Johnson Co.

Posted: Sep 19, 2019 4:25 PM
Updated: Sep 19, 2019 4:35 PM

CHICO, Calif. - Firefighters responded to a fire burning in a concrete planter box in the parking lot of Christian & Johnson Co. on East 1st Ave.

Firefighters said it was clear that the fire had been caused by a human due to the materials found in the planter box.

Chico police identified the suspect with the help of surveillance video, 42-year-old, Jesse Gerber of Chico.

Detectives from Chico police said surveillance video captured Gerber walking through the parking lot, checking for anyone in the area, then starting a fire inside the planter box. Once the fire was lit, Gerber left the area.

On Sept. 16, Gerber was contacted by the Chico Police Department and arrested on the above warrant. He was subsequently transported to Butte County Jail and booked on a single count of Arson.

Officers identified him as a known transient.

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