Officials: Arsonist Started Fires in College Bathrooms

Investigators said the arsonist set fires inside restrooms at Palomar College using toilet paper and toilet seat covers

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    NBC 7 San Diego

    Investigators are searching for the suspect responsible for starting at least nine fires inside different men’s restrooms at Palomar College in San Marcos, often using toilet paper to set the bathroom blazes.

    According to San Diego County Crime Stoppers and the Sheriff’s Bomb/Arson Unit, the unknown suspect intentionally set the fires on campus between Dec. 2, 2013, and Feb. 21, 2014. The fires happened inside men’s restrooms in the SU, P, E, F and MD buildings at Palomar College.

    In all cases, investigators say the arsonist used toilet paper, paper towels and toilet seat covers to spark the fires.

    As is typically the case with arson cases, a $10,000 reward is being offered by authorities for information leading to the suspect responsible for these crimes, with $9,000 of that coming from the Felony Arson Restricted Reward Fund. Committing arson in an occupied building is a felony offense that is punishable by to eight years in state prison.

    The arson series is under investigation. Anyone with information should contact the Crime Stoppers anonymous tip line at (888) 580-8477.
     

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