Fire Officials Investigate String of Arson in Upper Marlboro Area
The car fires occurred overnight Wednesday and Thursday in Prince George's County.
Fire investigators are trying to identify the suspects who started nine car fires in several communities in southern Prince George's County, including Upper Marlboro, over a 22-hour period.
The car fires and vandalism began around 3:30 a.m. on Oct. 24 in the Lanham area, according to the Prince George's Fire Department's blog.
The suspects then continued to start the fires in other communities like Upper Marlboro, Kettering, Lake Arbor and Largo during the overnight hours, officials said.
|Oct. 24||3:27 a.m.||5700 block of Westgate Rd, Lanham-Seabrook|
|Oct. 24||4:24 a.m.||Unit block of Barberry Ct, Upper Marlboro/Kettering|
|Oct. 24||5:48 a.m.||3100 block of Altair Ln, Upper Marlboro|
|Oct. 24||6:09 a.m.||10700 block of Pookey Way, Upper Marlboro|
|Oct. 25||12:36 a.m.||13100 block of Keverton Dr, Upper Marlboro/Kettering|
|Oct. 25||1:02 a.m.||12200 block of Kings Arrow St, Kettering
|Oct. 25||1:16 a.m.||Abbotswood Ct/Kettering Dr, Kettering|
|Oct. 25||1:27 a.m.||11500 blk of Burning Tree Ct, Lake Arbor/Kettering|
|Oct. 25||1:32 a.m.||500 block of Etna Dr, Largo/Kettering|
According to fire officials, Prince George's County Police and investigators will be increasing patrols in the area.
Fire officials are asking residents to be vigilant and report any suspicious behavior by calling 911. They are asking residents to note a description of the suspect or suspects and their vehicle, including a tag number. Yet, the warn residents not to put themselves into harms way.
Officials also offered tips to prevent car vandalism:
- Leave exterior lights on at night to illuminate the area in front of your house.
- Lock your vehicle and remove 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 email@example.com.