Arsonists torch Tuolumne County Sheriff vehicles
December 1, 2011
Arsonists set nearly a dozen Tuolumne County Sheriff’s vehicles on fire earlier today, prompting officials to call in agents from the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms. [ModestoBee]
It appears the arsonists pushed a pickup truck about a 100 feet into the Patrol Annex lot in Sonora. They then doused the truck and almost a dozen police vehicles with gasoline, took off the gas caps, and set them on fire at about 3 a.m.
The fire destroyed the pickup truck, a patrol car, a department SUV and damaged eight other sheriff’s vehicles, the Modesto Bee said.
The parking lot was not secured or fenced though it does have a surveillance camera. Officials plan to review the tapes as part of their investigation.