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DEVELOPING: Arsonist On The Loose In Moscow

OFFICIAL PRESS RELEASE: The Moscow Police Department requests the assistance of our community in providing information on the recent arson fires to help identify those responsible for these crimes. 

Between 10 p.m. Sunday, July 3 and 1 a.m. Monday, July 4th eight arson fires were reported to the police department. The fires were started in trash cans, dumpsters, and one portable outdoor restroom:

  • At 10:13 p.m. a report of a plastic trash can at Lions Park next to the playground was burning,
  • At 10:44 p.m. the Moscow Volunteer Fire Department observed a dumpster on fire at the fairgrounds,
  • At 11:21 p.m. a dumpster located in the 400 block of Sweet Avenue was reported burning,
  • At 12:11 a.m. a tree fire was reported at Anderson Frontier Park on West Palouse River Drive which was later determined to be a portable restroom upon arrival by first responders,
  • At 12:31 a.m. a plastic trash can was reported to be burning in the 500 block of West C Street at the playground area of the Water Tower Park playground,
  • At 12:48 a.m. a dumpster located on the north side of Lena Whitmore Elementary School was reported to be on fire,
  • Moscow Volunteer Fire Department personnel located a burnt trash can inside the men's restroom at Jim Lyle Rotary Park at 2:24 a.m. Monday morning.  The plastic can was set on fire and had burned itself out prior to being found.
  • Moscow Parks and Recreational personnel located a metal trash can at the Joseph Street Ball Field had been set afire with the contents being destroyed on Tuesday morning, July 5.  This arson was believed to have occurred at the same time as the other seven.
  • Another arson fire was reported on Thursday morning July 7th, when Parks and Recreational personnel found that someone had put toilet paper inside the men's toilet and set it on fire at Jim Lyle Rotary Park. The toilet seat was damaged as a result of the fire.

    Anyone observing suspicious activity or individuals around any of these arson fires at the times listed above is asked to contact the Moscow Police Department at 883-7054.

    For those who want to remain anonymous the police department encourages information to be directed to the Tip Hotline at 208-892-3898.

    Please call 882-COPS (2677) if you see suspicious activity in and around our public schools and parks during hours of darkness so we can stop these grievous crimes.

    The Moscow Police Department is offering a reward of $1,000 for information which identifies the person or persons responsible for these serial arson crimes.

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