Deep East Texas Crime Stoppers is asking for the public's help in finding the suspect or suspects responsible for setting a series of eight structure fires that have occurred in the 800 blocks of Cottonwood Street and Sycamore Street since March.
"All of the involved structures, including one inhabited residence, were completely destroyed," the Deep East Texas Crime Stoppers bulletin stated. "Multiple agencies are investigating the fires, which appear to have been deliberately set, and Crime Stoppers wants you to help the investigators."
According to Deep East Texas Crime Stoppers, the Crockett fire marshal is leading the investigation. The Crockett Fire Department and the Texas State Fire Marshal's Office are assisting with the investigation.
"With so many fires in the same area over several months, investigators and area residents are understandably concerned and anxious to find the persons responsible," the bulletin stated. "That concern has led to multiple reward offers appearing on social media and in news articles."
As with any other unsolved felony crimes that appear on Deep East Texas Crime Stoppers, the organization is offering a reward for anonymously provided information that leads to the arrest of the person(s) responsible for setting the fires.
"Unlike some of the reward offers you'll see, which offer a reward for 'information that leads to an arrest and conviction,' Crime Stoppers tipsters will not be asked for their name, to give a statement to law enforcement, or to testify in court," the bulletin stated. "Tips and calls directly to Crime Stoppers are anonymous; in fact, a Crime Stopper tipster who identifies themselves to Crime Stoppers or law enforcement is not eligible for a reward."
The bulletin also said that the amount of a Crime Stoppers reward is based on the "investigatory value" of the information provided. The organization does not have any connection to or control over other rewards offered by others.
People with any information on the fires can go to the Deep East Texas Crime Stoppers website and click the "Solve This" button under the bulletin about the Crockett fires. Tipsters may also use the Crime Stoppers app or call (936) 639-TIPS.
"Only the first, most accurate tip that leads to an arrest is eligible for a reward," the bulletin stated.
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