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Morris County man charged in connection with arson investigation

MOUNT ARLINGTON BOROUGH, NJ (Morris County) – A Morris County man has been charged related to an attempted aggravated arson that occurred on April 12 in Mount Arlington Borough, according to Morris County Prosecutor Robert J. Carroll.

Devin Markowitz, 53, of Mount Arlington Borough was charged with was charged with second-degree attempted aggravated arson, second-degree possession of a weapon for unlawful purpose (a destructive device), and third-degree unlawful possession of a weapon (a destructive device). He was previously charged in connection with this investigation on May 5, 2021 with two counts of second-degree certain persons not to have weapons when he was found to be in possession of two guns he was not lawfully permitted to possess, Carroll said.

On April 13, 2021, police were alerted to a suspicious incident that occurred at the Lake Shore Village Clubhouse. The investigation revealed an individual had inserted a fuse into the gas tank of a pick-up truck with a cigarette attached to the end. The fuse failed to ignite and the cigarette had burned out prior to any ignition, Carroll said.

The investigation revealed video of a suspect approaching the area of the vehicle at approximately 8:29 p.m. on April 12, 2021 and running away from the area approximately five minutes later, Carroll said.

Scientific DNA testing revealed that the cigarette was connected to Devin Markowitz. He was previously married to the truck owner’s girlfriend, Carroll said.

In accordance with the Criminal Justice Reform Act, Markowitz has been remanded to the Morris County Correctional Facility pending future court proceedings, Carroll said.

Anyone with information related to this investigation is encouraged to call the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office Arson and Environmental Crimes Unit at 973-285-6200.

Jay Edwards

Born and raised in Northwest NJ, Jay has a degree in Communications and has had a life-long interest in local radio and various styles of music. Jay has held numerous jobs over the years such as stunt car driver, bartender, voice-over artist, traffic reporter (award winning), NY Yankee maintenance crewmember and peanut farm worker. His hobbies include mountain climbing, snowmobiling, cooking, performing stand-up comedy and he is an avid squirrel watcher. Jay has been a guest on America’s Morning Headquarters,program on The Weather Channel, and was interviewed by Sam Champion.

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