The Final Chapter
Taunton Gazette—October 12, 2010

Arthur "Art" Cabral said he looks forward to the day when the man who set fire to his Washington Street bakery on Aug. 12, 2008 is sentenced to jail.

Authorities say they have their man - identified as 45-year-old Manuel M. Arruda, formerly of 179 Winthrop St. Arruda was arrested in October 2008 and indicted in February 2009 by a grand jury in U.S. District Court in Boston on federal charges of burning a building, breaking and entering in the nighttime and larceny over $250.

Cabral said he had never met Arruda before the fire. He also said police told him that Arruda allegedly set the fire in an attempt to cover his tracks that night.

Cabral and his wife Mary received a letter last week from the state attorney general's office, informing them that Arruda is set to stand trial on Jan. 11, 2011.

The old bakery building was heavily damaged and has since been fenced-off to keep vandals out.

After he broke into the bakery, Cabral said the thief grabbed a night deposit consisting of, at most, of a few hundred dollars.


Neighbors living near the Washington Street site, as well as City Councilman Gerald Croteau, have complained that the building has become a graffiti-scarred eyesore.

Cabral said the burned-out structure will be razed within the next four weeks by New England Recycling of Taunton at a cost of approximately $20,000. He said any previous delay has been due to the process of settling with his insurance company.

The gutted Art's International Bakery on Washington Street will be demolished within a month, owner Arthur Cabral said.

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