COLLIER COUNTY, Fla.- Collier County Sheriff's deputies arrested a 21-year-old man accused of setting fire to a crime scene van this morning.
Colton Michael Smith was booked into the Collier County jail on a felony charge of arson.
Detectives say Smith set fire to the van while it was parked in a residential community in Golden Gate Estates shortly before 3:45 a.m.
Smith was arrested after deputies spotted him riding a bicycle in the vicinity of the fire during the early hours of the morning. Deputies said they could smell a strong odor of gasoline emitting from Smith and his clothing.
According to arrest reports, deputies found a white locking cap in Smith’s left front pocket. The cap had a strong odor of gasoline. The cap also matched and fit a clear plastic bottle located at the scene. The bottle was located approximately 30 feet from the CSI van and had a burn trail through the grass leading up to the van. The bottle smelled strongly of gasoline.