Maryland Authorities Investigate Arson Spree

August 21, 2009

Maryland fire officials are investigating an arson spree amid farmland and single family homes.

Fire Capt. Oscar Garcia says eight arsons occurred in the span of four hours Tuesday in the Damascus area. The first was reported at about 3 a.m., and all were within a 11/2 mile radius of each other.

Garcia says bales of straw, mailboxes, a trash can and landscaping were involved in the fires, causing damage estimated at $25,000.

No one was injured.

Authorities are asking for the public’s help in the investigation. Citizens may call (240) 777-2263 to share information. If they wish to remain anonymous, they may call Montgomery County Crime Solvers at 1-866-411-TIPS (8477).

Crime Solvers is offering a $1,000 cash reward to anyone with information leading to an arrest or indictment.

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