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Police search for suspect in nine ‘suspicious fires’ in McKinney (UPDATE)
McKinney police are investigating a string of fires they believe were started by the same suspect or suspects over the past two months.
Nine fires, which Deputy Chief Kim Malolepszy called “suspicious,” have involved residences and cars. The fires date back to Oct. 12, when a pile of leaves was ignited near a McKinney apartment complex, and several occurred between Nov. 8-19 all over McKinney.
No one has been injured or burned in the fires, Malolepszy said, but some of the fires have caused extensive damage, including a Nov. 8 fire that led to a detached garage at a residence on Waddill Street. Two other fires damaged cars on Blue Ridge Street in west McKinney, and at those, police found evidence of a road flare-alcohol ignition combo – similar to a Molotov cocktail, a common incendiary device made with gasoline, an oily rag and a glass bottle.
“One totally engulfed a car, and one broke the mirror and glass of another car,” Malolepszy said. “That one likely just didn’t have the effect the suspect or suspects were hoping for.”
Other targets burned include a flag and flagpole, and a wooden shed, all of which police believe were started with an accelerant. Because of the fires’ nature and concentrated time frame, police say the suspect or suspects are likely juveniles.
Many of the fires were reported by 911 calls, but there are no witnesses at this point, Malolepszy said.
Police are asking for the public's help in identifying who’s responsible for the fires, and Crime Stoppers is offering a $5,000 reward to anyone with information that leads to the suspect or suspects arrest.
“Particularly with juveniles, they will talk,” Malolepszy said. “The public’s eyes and ears are really important in these cases.”
To report related information, contact Detective Jeff Taylor at 972-547-2738, or Crime Stoppers at 1-877-373-8477.