Law Enforcement on the Lookout for Person Responsible for Setting Squad Cars on Fire
Published November 7th, 2013
MARION COUNTY- Six fires in six months and one thing in common.
Investigators with the Marion County Sheriff's Office believe the person setting the fires is targeting law enforcement officers.
In addition to the Sheriff's Office patrol car, an Ocala Police Department car, and two personal vehicles belonging to law enforcement employees were also lit up.
Neighbors say that even though several officers live in the neighborhood they don't feel safe.
The incidents began in June when County Fire Rescue responded to an abandoned house that caught fire.
Lt. Brian Dotten of the Mation County Sheriff's Office says the crimes all seem to be related, "we would assume that he has a personal grudge considering that one ocala police department vehicle was torched as well as a Marion County Sheriff's Office, a deputies personal vehicle was set fire and an Ocala Police Department vehicle was set fire."
The Sheriff's Office announced this morning that a five thousand dollar reward is up for grabs for any information leading to an arrest and conviction.
Based on the concentration of the fires, it's believed the suspect lives near Whispering Pines
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