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Arson suspect in custody after multiple RVs destroyed in Riviera Beach

Posted at 8:11 AM, Sep 06, 2018
and last updated 2018-09-06 11:07:24-04

Law enforcement have arrested an arson suspect after multiple RVs were destroyed last month at a dealership in Riviera Beach.

Benjamin Harris, 54, of Lake Worth face charges after more than $990,000 in damage occurred Aug. 5 at Waits RV Center.

According to a Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office report, Harris' vehicle was spotted driving near the RV Center about 10 minutes before the fire -- even pulling into the dealership parking lot about three times.

Harris was interviewed by deputies on Aug. 8 about the arson but not arrested.   

His federal probation officer later reviewed surveillance video and positively identified Harris in the case.

He was booked Wednesday morning at the Palm Beach County Jail after he was found Aug. 22 in South Carolina. 

Harris faces 10 counts of second-degree arson.

He was previously convicted in 2007 on a federal arson charge but released in 2015. Harris was previously charged with arson to a RV dealership in Fort Pierce.

His bond was set at more than $1 million during a Thursday morning court hearing.