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.Date Time Address 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.