Suspect arrested after 2023 Clovis bus arson, police say

CLOVIS, Calif. ( KSEE/KGPE ) – The Clovis Police Department announced on Wednesday the arrest of an arson suspect for a fire that burned four private school buses in December 2023.

Police say they served a search warrant at a home in Fresno and arrested 45-year-old Robert Tucker of Fresno who they say is the suspect of a commercial arson that burned the private school buses.

Police say on Dec. 30, 2023, crews from Clovis Fire along with officers responded to a fire in the parking lot of a daycare near Shaw and Villa avenues.

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Police say several callers reported hearing explosions with multiple vehicles on fire.

Investigators say technology played a crucial role in this investigation and arrest. Arson investigators say they located evidence in the aftermath of the fire and detectives used both private security cameras and the Clovis city camera network to help identify the suspect.

Tucker was arrested on suspicion of several charges including felony arson, possession of burglary tools, drug paraphernalia, and methamphetamine, according to police.

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