SANTA ANA (CBSLA.com) — Police are on the search for suspects in a series of 11 trash bin arsons this month in Santa Ana, according to authorities.
The original blaze was reported on Aug. 3, and it was followed by ten more fires between the 100 and 500 block of north Sullivan Street, Santa Ana police Sgt. Bill Nimmo said.
The arsonist is believed to usually strike between the hours of 1:00 a.m. and 4:30 a.m., as stores in the area are closed for business, according to Sgt. Nimmo.
Police have found trash bins completely torched on both sides of the commercial area’s street, which consists mostly of small businesses.
The most recent fire took place around 4:00 a.m. on Sunday, in which Sgt. Nimmo says the arsonist pulled the bin away from the businesses it was closest to.
Investigators have increased patrols in the area, as they believe the suspect may live nearby.
The fires have reportedly all been self-contained.
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