Travis Eugene Churchill. Image: BPD

Berkeley police have arrested a man they believe set a trash can fire on Tuesday outside of Sam’s Market on Telegraph, one of a series of nine arson fires that have been plaguing the city.

Travis Eugene Churchill, 25, has been charged with one count of arson and is being held on $50,000 bail in Berkeley City Jail.

A video surveillance camera set up outside Sam’s Market on Telegraph filmed two males walking by around 3:50 a.m. on July 20. A few minutes later, the camera captured a trash bin on fire. Police arrested Churchill from People’s Park a short time later, according to a police department press release. Churchill allegedly was wearing similar clothes to one of the men filmed in the surveillance video.

Police believe there is a link between the fire set at Sam’s Market and the other arson fires, according to the press release.

Since Churchill’s arrest, no more suspicious fires have been set, authorities said.

Frances Dinkelspiel, Berkeleyside and CItyside co-founder, is a journalist and author. Her first book, Towers of Gold: How One Jewish Immigrant Named Isaias Hellman...