The City of Santa Monica’s Arson Task Force is seeking the public’s assistance with the investigation of a series of arsons/suspicious fires to parked vehicles, shrubbery, and trash bins.
During the last two weeks, at least six arson/suspicious fire incidents occurred within a two block radius. The Santa Monica Police Department is currently investigating the cases as related to one another. There are no suspects at this time.
The arsons have occurred on the following dates, locations and times of day:
February 12, at 222 Washington at 3:11 p.m.
Property burnt: Vehicles
February 13, at 1048 3rd Street at 7:00 a.m. Property burnt: Trash Bin
February 13, at 1032 3rd Street at 10:24 p.m.
Property burnt: Vehicle
February 14, at 1032 3rd Street at 5:20 a.m. Property burnt: Vehicle
February 19, at 1025 2nd Street at 12:45 p.m. Property burnt: Shrubbery
February 22, at 1025 2nd Street at 11:52 a.m. Property burnt: Shrubbery
If you have any information regarding the person or persons involved in these crimes or any other arson/suspicious fires, you are strongly urged to call Detective Heric at 310.458.8410, Sgt. Trisler at 310.458.8471, or the Santa Monica Police Department (24 hours) at 310.458.8495.
If you wish to remain anonymous, call WeTip at 1.800.47 ARSON. You will remain completely anonymous and may be eligible for a reward if your information leads to an arrest and conviction.
Callers can also contact Crime Stoppers by either calling 1.800.222.TIPS, texting from your mobile, or by visiting their website at www.lacrimestoppers.org. Callers may remain
anonymous and may be qualified to receive a $1,000.00 reward by Crime Stoppers.