She torched $380,000 trash trucks and tried to burn down building, police say

Wayne K. Roustan, South Florida Sun Sentinel
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An arson suspect wanted for setting fire to a building and 10 garbage trucks — valued at $380,000 each — was arrested Friday near the scene of the crime, authorities said.

Saprell Frazier, 43, of Miami Gardens, was pulled over during a traffic stop at 1:35 a.m. in the 3300 block of Northwest 16th Terrace, about two blocks from the Waste Pro complex in Pompano Beach, the Broward Sheriff’s Office said.

Deputies had been surveilling the area since the Oct. 18 fire that destroyed three trash haulers and severely damaged seven others. The Waste Pro building was also damaged by flames.

Surveillance video released by investigators last fall showed a person — wearing goggles and a black garbage bag over their clothes — forcing open a gate at Waste Pro, carrying what appeared to be a gas canister.

The video showed the arsonist setting several garbage trucks ablaze before heading inside the Waste Pro building.

A clear bottle of liquid is placed on the floor and ignited, causing the building to catch fire.

A $10,000 reward was offered in January for information leading to an arrest.

Deputies had been surveilling the area since the Oct. 18 fire that destroyed three trash haulers and severely damaged seven others. The Waste Pro building was also damaged by the flames

The motive for the crime is not yet known.

Saprell is being held in the Broward County Jail without bond on 11 charges of arson and one burglary charge, records show.

Wayne K. Roustan can be reached at wkroustan@sunsentinel.com or 561-379-6119 or on Twitter @WayneRoustan