arson.jpgPolice are seeking public assistance in the investigation of a posible arson

SANTA MONICA —Sergeant Jay Trisler, of the Santa Monica Police Department, reported to Canyon News that Santa Monica’s Arson Task Force is seeking the public’s assistance in the investigation of fires that have occurred to parked vehicles, shrubbery and trash bins. The fires are considered suspicious, and some or all of them may be related to arson.

The following fires have occurred in the last two weeks within a two-block radius:

1) Date:  February 12; location:  222 Washington; time: 3:11 p.m.; object: vehicles

2) Date:  February 13; location:  1048 3rd Street; time:  7 a.m.; object:  trash bin

3) Date:  February 13; location: 1032 3rd Street; time: 10:24 p.m.; object: vehicle

4) Date:  February 14; 1032 3rd Street; time: 5:20 a.m.; object: vehicle

5) Date:  February 19; 1025 2nd Street; time: 12:45 p.m.; object:  shrubbery

6) Date:  February 22; 1025 2nd Street; 11:52 a.m.; object:  shrubbery

SMPD is investigating the incidents to determine if they are connected. No suspects have been found as of present.

Anyone with information regarding the person(s) involved in these incidents, or any other possible acts of arson, is strongly encouraged to contact Detective Heric at 310-458-8410, Sergeant Trisler at 310-458-8471, or SMPD’s 24-hour line at 310-458-8495.

Those who prefer to remain anonymous may call WeTip at 1-800-47-ARSON.  Tipsters are assured that they will remain completely anonymous and may even be eligible for a reward if their information leads to an arrest and conviction.