Durham County

Durham police car torched in suspected arson

Durham police are investigating a mysterious fire that destroyed a marked police car.

Reports of the apparent arson came in at about 1:40 a.m. on Sept. 21. Officers and firefighters arriving at the 3000 block of Old Trail Drive, in the Treyburn subdivision, found a marked patrol car fully engulfed in flames, according to the Durham Police Department.

Officers had placed the car as a decoy in response to recent burglaries in northern Durham. No one was in the car at the time of the fire, the department reported.

An investigation showed that an accelerant – a substance that hastens the spread of a fire – had been used on the car fire, according to police. The fire caused “major damage,” police reported.

Police ask anyone with information is asked to call Investigator R. Hinton at 919-560-4582, ext. 29254 or CrimeStoppers at 919-683-1200.

CrimeStoppers “pays cash rewards for information leading to arrests in felony cases and callers never have to identify themselves,” according to police.”

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