Vehicle arsonist strikes again; 2 cars burned

July 18, 2014 • Local News

A miscreant arsonist with a perverse disdain for motor vehicles has struck again.

Roswell police and firefighters responded to another arson report at about 2:13 a.m. Thursday in the 1600 block of South Kansas Avenue.

Police found two vehicles on fire.

Police spokesperson Lisa Brackeen said in a news release police detectives believe the vehicle fires early Thursday are connected to a [auth] string of other unsolved arsons in the city that under investigation.

Mayor Dennis Kintigh said there have been more than a dozen vehicle fires in Roswell this year.

“We’re not convinced all of them are by the same arsonist,” Kintigh said.

Kintigh said he met Monday with City Manager Larry Fry, Police Chief Phil Smith and Fire Chief Chad Hamill to review the situation.

“We reviewed it, they shared with me what they know,” Kintigh said.

Both the police and fire departments and the state fire marshal’s office are investigating the string of arsons in Roswell.

Kintigh, a retired FBI agent and former detective for the Chaves County Sheriff’s Office, said after Monday’s meeting he subsequently had a telephone conversation with the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.

“I stressed to them our concern this is a serious problem and requested all possible assistance they could lend to us,” Kintigh said.

Police asked anyone who witnessed Thursday’s arson, or who may have information about the arson, to call the Roswell Police Department at 575-624-6770, or Crime Stoppers at 1-888-594-8477.

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