Suspicious Gulfport Fires
The Gulfport Police Department is requesting the public’s assistance with information to assist in identifying the suspect(s) who have been setting fires in Gulfport over the span of the last 5 years.
The fires are primarily set in alleyways, to items such as brush, trees, fences, and garbage. There have been 31 reported fires that appear to be related by location, time of day, and method. There have been 10 similar fires in 2012 alone. Police believe the same suspect(s) to be responsible for these suspicious fires.
The police are requesting that the public assist by monitoring alley ways and reporting suspicious persons immediately by contacting dispatch at 582-6177 or by calling 911 if there is already a fire burning and/or an emergency.
Anyone with information that may identify the suspect(s) and wishes to remain anonymous may contact Crime Stoppers of Pinellas County. Call 1-800-873-TIPS, report online at www.crimestoppersofpinellas.org or text keyword TIP144 plus your tip info to CRIMES. If your tip leads to an arrest, you may be eligible for a reward of up to $1,000.
Gulfport Police Department
Chief of Police Public Information Officer
Robert A. Vincent Sgt. Thomas Woodman