Columbus' Historic District Residents Frustrated With Car Arsons - WRBL

Columbus' Historic District Residents Frustrated With Car Arsons

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Susan and Carter Berry were getting ready for bed Saturday night, when they heard a knock on their front door.

"It was a young lady and she said, 'I was driving by and your house is on fire,'" said Susan Berry.

They went outside and found their pickup truck engulfed in flames. Firefighters arrived and put the fire out a few minutes later. Berry struggles to find an explanation to this unwarranted crime.

"We don't understand, we haven't done anything to anybody," says Berry. "It's very frightening and scary to us."

This isn't the first time something like this has happened to the Berry's. In 2008, another one of their vehicles was set on fire as part of a series of car arsons that has plagued Columbus' Uptown Historic District the past five years.

Last night was the tipping point for next door neighbor Molly Winter. She installed security cameras around her house today. 

"I do get nervous when stuff like this happens," says Winter. "So we installed safety cameras to hopefully prevent it or catch whoever's doing it."

Columbus Police are looking to question two juveniles in relation to a car fire in the Uptown Historic District Saturday night.

Police are looking for two white males, believed to be 13-18 years old, wearing dark clothes and shorts. One of the men was shirtless. They are wanted for questioning as witnesses, not suspects. The men were noticed observing the fire at about 10:40 p.m.

The fire occurred in the 500 block of Front Avenue to a red pickup truck parked on the street. 

Saturday night's arson is a few doors down from the series of overnight car arsons that occurred last May. No arrests have been made in that case of car arsons, and investigators are offering a $10,000 reward for information that leads to an arrest and conviction.

Anyone with any information should call the Columbus Police Department at 706-653-3400.

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