Law enforcement agencies increase presence in Accomack County in hunt for arsonist

Posted at 9:00 PM, Mar 08, 2013

Accomack County, Va. – Accomack County residents will see a significant increase in the presence of state and local law enforcement tonight through Tuesday night as the hunt for the serial arsonist continues.

Uniformed troopers, deputy sheriffs, and police officers will be on patrol and conducting informational gathering checkpoints at random locations around the county as part of the ongoing investigation into the 64 suspicious fires that have occurred since mid-November.

The latest arson occurred early Friday morning in the 28500 block of Saxis Road in Temperanceville, when an abandoned, two-story residential structure was burned.

Troopers will be handing out fliers featuring the Accomack County Arson Tip Line and reward information, as well as soliciting any information or concerns motorists may have concerning the fires.

“This is just another investigative resource the law enforcement agencies on the Eastern Shore are putting forth in our dedicated efforts to solving and stopping these fires,” said Capt. Tim Reibel, Commander of the Bureau of Criminal Investigation’s Chesapeake Field Office. “We have the Tip Line and appreciate the more than 100 calls, texts, and emails we have received so far, but we also want to make ourselves as available as possible to the public to share with us any information, suspicions or concerns they may have.”

Anyone with information about the arsons and/or individual(s) responsible is encouraged to contact law enforcement via a Tip Line dedicated to these investigations. Text, call or email at 757-655-1437.

Anyone with a tip that leads to an arrest and conviction in these cases could be eligible for a reward of up to $25,000.

The Virginia State Police, the Accomack County Sheriff’s Office, Chincoteague Police Department, Eastville Police Department, Onancock Police Department, Onley Police Department, Northampton County Sheriff’s Office, Worcester County, Md., Sheriff’s Office, and Virginia Marine Resources Commission Police will all be participating.