COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (July 16, 2015) — A man is accused of setting a fire in a city building and then burglarizing a marijuana shop Thursday afternoon.
Police said around 2 p.m., they were called to the city forestry building in the 1600-block of Recreation Way to investigate a burglary in progress. That building is along the Pikes Peak Greenway Trail just south of Fontanero Street. When officers arrived, they found two fires–one inside the building, and one outside. Police said both fires appeared to have been intentionally set.
Then, around 4 p.m., officers were called to a marijuana dispensary in the 1500-block of Dustry Drive, which is in the area of Lake Avenue and Interstate 25, to investigate another burglary. Officers learned the suspect had entered the business through a roof vent and activated the security alarm.
Then, someone called police and told them he had a phone conversation with a man named Joshua Obrakta. The conversation “included details matching specifics of these two incidents,” according to police. Officers also learned that Obrakta may be headed to Fremont County.
Officers alerted Fremont County deputies, and Obrakta was found and arrested a short time later. He was arrested on charges of first-degree arson, second-degree arson, and second-degree burglary.
UPDATE (July 12, 2018): Obrakta pled guilty in October 2015 to second-degree arson. All of the other charges against him were dismissed.