Sixteen vehicles have been set on fire throughout southern Prince George’s County within the past week and fire officials are continuing to investigate the rash of arson cases.
According to the county’s fire/EMS department, the first four fires began early Wednesday morning.
The first was around 3:27 a.m. in the 5700 block of Westgate Road in Lanham-Seabrook, followed by a vehicle fire in the unit block of Barberry Court in Upper Marlboro around 4:24 a.m., a vehicle fire in the 3100 block of Altair Lane in Upper Marlboro around 5:48 a.m. and a vehicle in the 10700 block of Pookey Way in Upper Marlboro around 6:09 a.m.
On Thursday, there was a string of five arson incidents to parked vehicles. The first was around 12:36 a.m. in the 13100 block of Keverton Drive in Upper Marlboro, followed by a vehicle fire in the 12200 block of Kinds Arrow Street in Kettering around 1:02 a.m., a vehicle fire on Abbotswood Court in Kettering around 1:16 a.m., a vehicle fire around 1:27 a.m. in the 11500 block of Burning Tree Court in Lake Arbor and a vehicle fire around 1:32 a.m. in the 500 block of Etna Drive in Largo.
Sunday saw four more vehicle fires, with the first three being in Bowie: the 15700 block of Easthaven around 4:14 a.m., the 15900 block of Peach Walker Drive around 5:02 a.m. and the 16100 block of Parklawn Place in Bowie around 5:12 a.m.
The fourth vehicle set on fire Sunday was in Upper Marlboro in the 3100 block of Pyles Drive around 5:46 a.m.
There was an additional string of three vehicle fires reported Monday at the same time, around 4:15 a.m., in the 7700 block of Hanover Parkway in Greenbelt.
According to Mark Brady, chief spokesman for the county’s fire/ EMS department, fire investigators do believe the incidents are linked and are seeking the public’s help to offer information into who may be responsible.
Brady said residents are asked to report any suspicious activity and suspicious persons by calling 911. Residents can also contact the Arson Tip Line at 301-77-ARSON to remain anonymous.
County fire officials are reminding residents to park in well-lit areas and leave outside lights on at night, Brady said.
This story originally appeared in the Oct. 30 edition of the Prince George's Gazette.