SONORA (CBS13) — A man suspected of setting fire to a dumpster at a Sonora shopping center has been arrested and is facing charges of committing arson during a state of emergency.

The incident happened Monday afternoon at the Cross Roads Shopping Center.

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Sonora police say officers responded after being alerted by Cal Fire about a dumpster that had caught fire at the shopping center. Firefighters were able to relay a description of the suspect to officers and the man was quickly caught as he was trying to leave.

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Firefighters managed to stop the fire, which happened behind the Regal Cinemas building at the center, before anything else could be damaged.

Officers believe 39-year-old Tyler B. Schuster is responsible for starting the fire. Exactly why he allegedly started the fire is unclear, but he has been arrested and is now facing arson charges.

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Police note that Schuster is facing an added charge of committing arson during a state of emergency due to the coronavirus pandemic.