Three Cars Burned in Greenbelt, Linked to 16 Others in Weeklong Spree
Fire officials are advising residents to lock their car doors and to turn external lights on at night.
Three automobiles burned at once Monday morning on the 7700 block of Hanover Parkway in Greenbelt—part of a 16-car auto fire spree in the past week, according to Mark Brady, Prince George's Fire/EMS spokesman.
In the face of what fire officials say is arson and vandalism, Brady advises residents to lock their vehicles and remove all valuables. He also said to leave on exterior lights at night to illuminate the areas where vehicles are parked. The fires took place during the early morning hours of Wednesday, Thursday, Sunday and Monday, Brady stated.
The fire department asks residents to be vigiliant and report suspicious activity immediately to 911. It also asks that callers note descriptions of people and the vehicles as well as descriptions of activity.
The times, dates and locations of the auto fires have been released by the fire department and are listed below.
The fire department is seeking information from the public about who may be responsible for the fires. Anyone with information is asked to call the Arson Tip Line at (301)-77-ARSON (27766). It states that tips can be called in anonymously. Tips can also be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Auto Fire Times, Dates and Locations
10/24/12 3:27 a.m. 5700 block of Westgate Rd., Lanham-Seabrook
10/24/12 4:24 a.m. Unit block of Barberry Ct., Upper Marlboro/Kettering
10/24/12 5:48 a.m. 3100 block of Altair Ln., Upper Marlboro
10/24/12 6:09 a.m. 10700 block of Pookey Way, Upper Marlboro
10/25/12 12:36 a.m. 13100 block of Keverton Dr., Upper Marlboro/Kettering
10/25/12 0102hrs 12200 block of Kings Arrow St., Kettering
10/25/12 0116hrs Abbotswood Ct/Kettering Dr., Kettering
10/25/12 0127hrs 11500 blk of Burning Tree Ct., Lake Arbor/Kettering
10/25/12 0132hrs 500 block of Etna Dr., Largo/Kettering
10/28/12 0414hrs 15700 block of Easthaven Ln., Bowie
10/28/12 0502 hrs 15900 block of Peach Walker Dr., Bowie
10/28/12 0512 hrs 16100 block of Parklawn Pl., Bowie
10/28/12 0546hrs 3100 block of Pyles Dr., Upper Marlboro
10/29/12 0415hrs 7700 block of Hanover Pkwy., Greenbelt (3 automobiles burned at same time)