Bel Air area hit this weekend by mailbox vandal crime spree

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    It appears that vandals might be on a mailbox arson crime spree in Harford County. Reports on several news sites today indicate the vandals’ activity — which might possibly span several weeks — spiked during this past weekend. No one was injured in these incidents, police say.

    ABCNews.com reports:

    “Authorities say two fires set Saturday Night in Harford County are part of a string of arsons. At least 10 mailboxes have been burned in the Bel Air area over the past three weeks.”

    The Baltimore Sun had details on this weekend’s incidents:

    “The state fire marshal’s office and Harford County law enforcement agencies are seeking whoever threw bottles containing a combustible substance onto two roadways, tossed a Molotov cocktail onto another road, set a mailbox on fire and tossed a mailbox onto the porch of a house and set it ablaze, all over the weekend.”

    An ABCNews.com story included a description of the possible suspects from a witness who saw them near her neighbor’s mailbox:

    “Saturday night, she saw a group of five teens get out of a small black SUV and head for her mailbox. “I don’t think they saw me, until I saw them,” she said. Two of them had pipes or baseball bats.”

    Officials are asking the public to contact them with any information they might have on the suspects at the state fire marshal’s arson hotline at 1 (800) 492-7529. The Baltimore Sun story said a reward was being offered.

    I mapped this past weekend’s incidents mentioned in the Baltimore Sun story (Click on the blue arrows to see details of each event):


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