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.



  1. MaryMalone says:

    Hey! There’s a large stand of native California carnivorous plants not too far from there! Really, they could have chosen a better target.

  2. easymoney says:

    Simple solution really, fence the damn place…

  3. Slowerfaster says:

    Keystone Cops ?

    What are the odds on a disgruntled former employee that knew the layout ?

    ( How does one become ‘gruntled’ ? )

  4. rallyraid says:

    12 cars sitting? where were their drivers? Maybe they were in a tailgate meeting watching “Attorney at large” Murphy’s how to serve the public video.

  5. rogerfreberg says:

    And who was watching the vehicles?

    • Cindy says:

      A camera was watching them silly. Now if the camera just captured the faces and if the faces just weren’t covered up with hoods and and and I guess somebody had a beef with the cops !!

      I can hear it now in the Tuolumne PD Station, lets see now who have we really pissed off lately????

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