Friday, May 01, 2015

ATF Offers up to $10,000 Reward in Baltimore Fire Investigations

BALTIMORE — Special Agent in Charge William P. McMullan of the Baltimore Field Division, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) announced today that ATF is offering a reward of up to $10,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person(s) responsible for multiple structure fires intentionally set throughout Baltimore on Monday evening. These incidents include but are not limited to the fires that occurred at the Mary Harkins Senior Center on North Chester Street, the CVS Pharmacies on Pennsylvania Avenue and West Franklin Street, and the Rite Aid Pharmacy on North Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard.

“The ATF and our local counterparts are committed to identifying, investigating and recommending for prosecution the individuals responsible for the violent acts of arson committed throughout our city” said McMullan. “Arson is a crime of violence and the individuals who committed these acts need to be held accountable for their dangerous actions.”

Anyone with information including video evidence of the incidents noted above is urged to immediately call the ATF Hotline at 1-888-ATF-FIRE (1-888-283-3473). Callers can remain anonymous.

The ATF National Response Team (NRT) provides an immediate and sustained nationwide response capability, typically deploying within 24 hours of notification, with state-of-the-art equipment and the most qualified ATF personnel available. The NRT is working in conjunction with local investigators to reconstruct each scene, identify the origin of the fires, determine the cause and gather evidence to support federal criminal prosecutions. The NRT teams that have responded to Baltimore represent the 11th NRT activation in fiscal year 2015 and the 768th since the inception of the NRT in 1978.

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