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3 Cars Burned in Bowie, Linked to 16 Others in Weeklong Spree

Fire officials are advising residents to lock their cars and to turn on exterior lights at night.

Three automobiles were set on fire Sunday morning in Bowie—part of a 16-car auto fire spree in the past week, according to Mark Brady, Prince George's Fire/EMS spokesman.

As a result 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 said.

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 77arson@co.pg.md.us.

Auto Fire Dates, Times and Locations

Oct. 24    3:27 a.m. 5700 block of Westgate Rd., Lanham-Seabrook

Oct. 24    4:24 a.m. Unit block of Barberry Ct., Upper Marlboro/Kettering

Oct. 24    5:48 a.m. 3100 block of Altair Ln., Upper Marlboro

Oct. 24    6:09 a.m. 10700 block of Pookey Way, Upper Marlboro

Oct. 25   12:36 a.m. 13100 block of Keverton Dr., Upper Marlboro/Kettering

Oct. 25    1:02 a.m. 12200 block of Kings Arrow St., Kettering 

Oct. 25    1:16 a.m. Abbotswood Ct/Kettering Dr., Kettering

Oct. 25    1:27: a.m.   11500 blk of Burning Tree Ct., Lake Arbor/Kettering

Oct. 25    1:32 a.m.    500 block of Etna Dr., Largo/Kettering

Oct. 28    4:14 a.m.    15700 block of Easthaven Ln., Bowie

Oct. 28    5:02 a.m.    15900 block of Peach Walker Dr., Bowie

Oct. 28    5:12 a.m.    16100 block of Parklawn Pl., Bowie

Oct. 28    5:46 a.m.    3100 block of Pyles Dr., Upper Marlboro

Oct. 28    4:15 a.m.     7700 block of Hanover Pkwy., Greenbelt (3 automobiles burned at same time)

Shaka Zulu October 31, 2012 at 04:31 PM
Time to arraign a possee and catch these criminals before the police do and give them some street justice first, then let the police process them through the system and have the judges release them the following day so they can do it again and again, anyone want to bet when they catch them they have been arrested before and have done a minimum sentence in one of our country clubs in Md.
Mindy Anderson November 04, 2012 at 02:43 PM
I agree Shaka!! I'm so tired of these street brats that think they're THUGS going around and destroying everyone's hard earned property!! They have no guidance at home and are out all hours of the night and up to no good!! Parents-DO YOUR JOB!!! I would LOVE to catch one if these kids!! God help them...

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