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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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)