Police believe several people may be behind 44 arsons in Accomack County

Posted at 7:01 PM, Feb 07, 2013

Virginia State Police have released some new details in their investigation of a series of arsons in Accomack County.

Since November, there have been 44 reported fires of abandoned structures, including sheds, houses and even an airplane hangar.

Now, Virginia State Police believe the fires may be the work of several people working together.

“We are confident that a few of the arsons are the work of some individuals seeking to take advantage of what has become a serial crime spree. But, the evidence collected from the other fires indicates that the majority of the arsons are the work of several individuals possibly working in connection with one another,” Capt. T.A. Reibel, Commander of the BCI Chesapeake Field Office explained in a news release.

Virginia State Police have received numerous tips from folks living in Accomack County and believe it will be one of those tips that might help them solve the case.

”We sincerely appreciate all the tips called and emailed in to us from Accomack County residents. Your information has been incredibly valuable in our pursuit of the individuals endangering your community with these arsons. We also appreciate residents’ vigilance to protect their properties from such criminals and your patience with this expansive investigation. Please keep the tips coming in, so we can solve these crimes, put the individuals responsible behind bars, and let Accomack County residents regain a sense of safety and normalcy in their lives,” Reibel continued in the release.

There is currently a $5,000 reward for information leading to an arrests and conviction of whoever is setting the fires.