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Thursday, October 25, 2012

Fire Investigators Seek Tips in Automobile Arsons

                             MEDIA CONTACT: Mark E. Brady, Chief Spokesperson, 240-508-7930

Prince George’s County Fire Investigators are currently looking into nine auto fires that have occurred over a 22-hour period. These fires started during early morning hours of Wednesday, October 24 and continued until Thursday at about 1:30 am with most occurring within the area of Kettering. Fire Investigators believe these incidents of arson and vandalism are linked and are seeking information from the public about who may be responsible.

Below is a list of dates, times and locations of the auto fires.

Date            Time         Address

10/24/12    0327hrs    5700 block of Westgate Rd, Lanham-Seabrook

10/24/12    0424hrs    Unit block of Barberry Ct, Upper Marlboro/Kettering

10/24/12    0548hrs    3100 block of Altair Ln, Upper Marlboro

10/24/12    0609hrs    10700 block of Pookey Way, Upper Marlboro

10/25/12    0036hrs    13100 block of Keverton Dr, Upper Marlboro/Kettering

10/25/12    0102hrs    12200 block of Kings Arrow St, Kettering

10/25/12    0116hrs    Abbotswood Ct/Kettering Dr, Kettering

10/25/12    0127hrs    11500 blk of Burning Tree Ct, Lake Arbor/Kettering

10/25/12    0132hrs    500 block of Etna Dr, Largo/Kettering

Residents are asked to be vigilant and report any suspicious activity immediately by calling 911. Note a description of the suspicious activity including a description of any person and vehicle. A vehicle tag number is particularly helpful. Never place yourself in harms way.

Leave exterior lights on at night to illuminate the area in front of your house where vehicles are parked.

Fire Investigators are also reminding residents to help avoid becoming a victim by locking your vehicle when parked and removing all valuables.

Anyone with information about these crimes is asked to call our Arson Hotline at 301-77-ARSON (27766).  Tips may be left anonymously.  Information can also be emailed to 77arson@co.pg.md.us.

Prince George’s County Fire Investigators and the County Police will be coordinating increased patrols in these areas.

If you see something – say something and call 911.