Man arrested for burning Boca Helping Hands
Boca Raton, FL On Friday, May 28, 2010 investigators with the Boca Raton Police Services Department arrested Michael Allen Carland for second degree arson, in connection with a fire at the Boca Helping Hands Assistance Center, 138 NW 16th Street, which occurred on August 24, 2009.
The original call came in at just before 8:00 p.m., on August 24. When officers arrived, they found the front window broken and smoke pouring out. Officers on scene spoke with a witness who saw a white male with red hair, who appeared to throwing rocks at the building. The manager for Boca Helping Hands, Linda Gove, recognized the description of the male and told officers it could be Michael Carland, who she had an interaction with several days earlier.
Crime Scene Technician McDonald processed the scene and obtained two swabs of blood from the interior blinds of the front broken window. The swabs were submitted to the Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office Crime Serology Lab for analysis.
On May 24, 2010, Detective James Giumenta was notified that the DNA in the blood belonged to Michael Carland. Carland was arrested and charged with second degree arson.