GLENDALE (CBSLA.com) — Police sought the public’s help Tuesday with a string of suspected arson fires in the city of Glendale.
Since January, there have been at least 17 fires related to rubbish left on the sidewalk and alleys between about 9 p.m and 5 a.m. on the south side of Glendale, according to investigators with the Glendale Police Department.
The fires have been reported in curbside rubbish and trash cans at locations as far north as Milford Street and Central Avenue (PDF) and several within one mile of The Americana at Brand, police said.
KNX 1070’s Ed Mertz reports the most recent incident came on April 19 at approximately 4:50 a.m, when officers responded to reports of a mattress set on fire on the 400 block of East Harvard Street, resulting in fire damage to a nearby carport.
“Unfortunately, this past weekend with the carport that was caught on fire, we’re looking at some significant damage and concerns that now it’s becoming much more serious,” said Glendale Police spokeswoman Tahnee Lightfoot.
Police have not released a description of the suspect or suspects involved. However, residents were urged to report all illegal dumping activity and to avoid dumping bulky items and leaving them on the streets overnight, police said.
The Glendale Crime Stoppers is offering a reward of up to $1,000 for information that leads to an arrest.
Anyone with information on the fires is asked to call (818) 507-7867 to leave a tip anonymously or call Detective Travis Goodreau or Detective Kelly Kramer at (818) 548-2097.