Man charged with setting fires in Folcroft

Posted: October 26, 2012

A Folcroft man stands accused of setting a series of recent fires in his hometown, including two that damaged two residences.

Brian Baglivo, 23, of the 2000 block of Delmar Drive, was charged Friday with arson, Police Chief Bob Ruskowski said.

Ruskowski said Baglivo confessed to the arsons just before he was about to take a lie-detector test.

Baglivo was already in custody Thursday on one count of burglary and 13 counts each of theft and receiving stolen property, the chief said, after police had searched his home. Those charges were unrelated to the arsons, he said.

The arsons were started as car fires in the last few weeks. Two were on Bennington Road. One on Taylor Drive damaged a home and another set on Delview Drive gutted a residence, Ruskowski said. People were home at the time, but no one was injured.

Baglivo has been known to police since his teens, but he was not a suspect until investigators started piecing together observations of local residents, some of which put him in the vicinity of the fires, the chief said.

"Nobody had seen him do anything, light anything, but they saw him in the area," Ruskowski said.

He credited the arrest to "old-fashioned pounding the street, talking to neighbors."

Baglivo's parents cooperated with the search of their home that turned up the stolen goods, said the chief. He said Baglivo had denied setting fires and agreed to take a lie-detector test but confessed before it was administered.

Contact Rita Giordano at 610-627-2649,

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