WANTED: St. Petersburg arson suspect

Posted at 10:42 AM, Mar 16, 2016

The video is not clear enough to make out the facial features of the suspect, but the St. Petersburg Police Department hope viewing it will trigger leads in a string of arson cases.

Investigators say starting on Jan. 17, someone deliberately set a series of fires, all within the same area of the Crescent Lake neighborhood (see map below). Most of the cases were dumpster fires that spread and damaged nearby vehicles or structures.

Description: White male, age 19-26, with a goatee

Investigators believe the same arsonist set all, or most, of the fires, because of the similarity and proximity of the fires. 

If you have information that can help investigators, they ask you to:

  • contact Detetive Tully at 893-4990 OR
  • to stay anonymous, text the keyword "SPPD" and your tip to 847-411 (Tip-411)

Click on the fire icons to see information about each fire