Peabody police ask for public’s help for arson information

The public?s help is needed in solving two of three suspected arson cases.

The most recent case involving three vehicles, and occurred at about 1 a.m. Friday, March 5, within Peabody.

Although details remain sketchy, Peabody Police Chief Bruce Burke said the vehicles damaged in the incident were a 1992 Chevy passenger car, a late 1980 Chevy S-10 pickup and a 2005 Ford Crown Victoria police interceptor.

?I am not comfortable giving out the address (where this happened),? Burke said, ?other than to say it was within the city limits of Peabody.?

The second suspected arson case involved a private vehicle Friday, Feb. 19. The car was a total loss.

The third incident, the first of the three arson cases in just over a month, happened in the latter part of January, he said.

This case involved a barn fire in the 300 block of Maple Street.

?We have turned this over to the Marion County attorney?s office,? Burke said, ?completing our investigation.?

He declined to comment on the identity of the suspect or suspects.

A reward of up to $5,000 is being offered for information about these fires, he said.

If anyone has information about the two arson fires that are still under investigation, Burke urges them to call his office at 620-983-2133 or the Marion County Sheriff?s office at 620-382-2144.

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