Bond granted for Portsmouth firefighter facing charges for arson in Chesapeake

Posted at 6:03 PM, Aug 07, 2017
and last updated 2017-08-08 17:28:00-04

CHESAPEAKE, Va. - A Portsmouth firefighter charged with arson for several dumpster fires in Chesapeake was granted bond on Tuesday morning.

Mark D. Stuck, 50 (Photo courtesy of Chesapeake City Jail )

Mark David Stuck, 50,  is facing five counts of arson to personal property in Chesapeake.

The firefighter is suspected of starting five fires in a dumpster behind the Food Lion in the 2600 block of Moses Grandy Trail between March and July 31. The Chesapeake Fire Department started an investigation after noticing multiple fires in the same location and firefighters tell News 3 security footage led them to Stuck.

"I think some of the methods of interviewing him or questioning him or some of the way she was approached by the authorities may not have been in keeping with the rules of how these things are supposed to be investigating. If that's true it may invalidate the whole case," Andrew Sacks, Stuck's attorney, tells News 3. "Our plan is to get him back to his family. He certainly does not deserve to be in custody at this point."

Stuck has been employed with the City of Portsmouth's Fire Department since 1987. He is currently on unpaid administrative leave. As conditions of his bond, he must wear an ankle monitoring bracelet and can only travel to and from work.