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.
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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.”