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Jamestown police seek public help in cracking wave of arsons

JAMESTOWN - Jamestown authorities are seeking public help in the investigation of arson fires at five vacant houses in the city since Thursday.

Jamestown Police Capt. Robert F. Samuelson  told the Jamestown Post-Journal  Saturday that public tips have helped narrow down a list of possible suspects in the investigation but more help is needed.

The fires began about 6 p.m. Thursday at 621 E. Sixth St., which has been the site of three fires in the last three weeks, with the most recent arson occurring about 2 a.m. Saturday at 33 W. 10th Street.

The other  fires were  650 E St, about 11 p.m. Friday; 220 Crossman St.  about 12:15 a.m. Saturday; and the first block of West 11th Street about 1:15 a.m. Saturday. No injures were reported.

Jamestown Police  said there have been no arrests thus far and the investigation is continuing.

Jamestown Mayor Sam Teresi  told the Post-Journal the  arsons were "extremely mindless, stupid and serious"  - crimes that endanger city residents and first responders.

Police are asking that anyone with information call 911 or leave an anonymous tip on the Jamestown Police Department's tip line at 483-8477.


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