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Feb 7, 2019

3 Vehicles Torched in PG in Apparent Arsons

A string of automotive fires in Punta Gorda on Wednesday morning has residents on edge and investigators working diligently to crack these most recent cases of arson.  Vehicles belonging to Christon Foster, Patrick Avila and Burlington Jones were all destroyed by fire just before dawn on February sixth and police are now trying to determine if the apparent arson was the work of one perpetrator.  So far, a suspect has not been named and a motive is yet to be established.  This morning, Assistant Commissioner of Police Joseph Myvett shared details of the overnight fires in PG.

 

Joseph Myvett

ACP Joseph Myvett, Head, National Crimes Investigation Branch

“Since yesterday, there have been three or two vehicle fires in Punta Gorda and one attempt to burn a vehicle.  Three reports were made to Punta Gorda police, the first being that on yesterday’s date one Christon Foster of a Joe Taylor Creek address reported to police that on February fifth, he parked his grey Ford Fusion car inside his yard and on yesterday morning, sometime around five a.m. when he woke up he saw smoke coming from his vehicle and realized that the vehicle was on fire.  The vehicle was completely destroyed by fire.  At this point in time he does not have any suspect and neither any dispute with anyone whom he believes could have caused the fire.  During the second incident, also on yesterday morning, one Patrick Avila reported to police that he is of a Jose Maria Nunez Street in Punta Gorda, and he reported to police that he parked his Ford F150 red pickup truck inside his yard on February fifth and sometime around five a.m. on yesterday morning also, his vehicle was found to be partially destroyed by fire.  He, too, has no suspect in relation to the cause of the fire of his vehicle.  And on a third incident, one Burlington Jones of a Cerro Road address in Punta Gorda reported to police that he parked his green Kia Sportage in the yard of one Angel Mira, located in the same Cerro Road area and Mr. Mira was awakened by his dogs barking.  And when he came out he noticed that an attempt was made to light the Kia Sportage on fire, as a piece of bicycle tube was found at the rear right back wheel of the vehicle already on fire, however, he managed to extinguish the fire and also, he has no suspect in connection with the fire and neither does he have any dispute with anyone whom he believes would have caused the fire.”


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