5/22/2013 6:00:00 AM $10,000 reward offered for arson info
A firefighter with Northern Arizona Consolidated Fire District 1 helps extinguish a brushfire in April on Northern Avenue. Officials believe the blaze was the one in a string of roadside arson fires in Kingman. Courtesy
KINGMAN - Authorities are offering a reward of up to $10,000 for information leading to the arrest and/or conviction of a serial arsonist who has set roadside fires in the Kingman and Butler areas since January.
Investigators are uncertain if the fires are the work of one or more persons. More than two dozen have been set over a large area of the city stretching from Kino Avenue to Northern Avenue and from Northern Avenue and Stockton Hill Road all the way to Route 66.
Authorities fear a brushfire will grow out of control and destroy homes now that warmer weather has arrived.
"We have collected a great deal of evidence from the scenes and leads in the case are being followed up by fire department and law enforcement investigators," said Keith Eaton, assistant chief at the Kingman Fire Department.
"We believe that incendiary devices are being thrown from a vehicle into dry brush areas to start the fires."
Eaton urged the public to be on the lookout for anyone throwing anything from a vehicle and to report the vehicle description and license plate number.
Those with tips can call the Arson Hotline at (800) 352-7766; the Northern Arizona Consolidated Fire District at (928) 757-3151; the Kingman Fire Department at (928) 753-2891; the Kingman Police Department at (928) 753-2191; or the Mohave County Sheriff's Office at (928) 753-0753.
The Kingman police and fire departments, the Northern Arizona Consolidated Fire District and the Mohave County Sheriff's Office have partnered with the Arizona Advisory Committee on Arson Prevention and the Arizona Chapter of the International Association of Arson Investigators to offer the reward.
The only problem I see with "dropping a dime" on a serial arsonist is getting the reward money. A long time ago, I saw a guy start a fire, on the side of the road. I reported it, and expected to get the reward....I didn't. When I questioned the authorities, I was told that somebody else had reported the incident before I had. I found this a bit strange, since I was the only one who actually saw the guy set the fire....But, knowing how the "Good 'ol Boy" system works, they either decided to refuse to pay the reward, or it went into the pocket of one of the "Good 'ol Boys". On the other hand, some of our local arsonists are stupid enough to turn themselves in to get the reward.
Posted: Wednesday, May 22, 2013
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they've probably done a psychiatric profile on the arsonist(s) by now and know approximately who to look for. I saw an expert FBI profiler on TV several years ago who could predict exactly what items of clothing one particular suspect would be wearing when they arrested him. So what are we looking at here - hmmm, maybe a psycho-socially deprived white male in his 80's, awaiting trial on felony charges of diddling his grandkids in-between extorting money from vulnerable newcomers to Kingman under pretense of helping them, whose freedom to travel around the country after arrest has recently been curtailed. Now you know why I never sought a career with the FBI (though they desperately wanted me. Don't most people long to be wanted?).