Help Sought to ID Vehicles Involved in Recent Fires

The Mason County Sheriff’s Office, Mason County Fire Districts, and DNR investigators are asking for the public’s help in identifying vehicles believed to be involved with recent fires. Authorities are investigating a series of suspicious fires over the past several weeks. The investigations have determined that two of the fires were intentionally set. At this time, the MCSO is requesting assistance in attempting to ID the persons and/or vehicles depicted in the following arsons.

On Tuesday July 17th at 12:30am a subject driving a truck entered the Shelton High School teacher’s parking lot and intentionally started a fire on the adjacent property that borders SHS to the North, behind the school’s three portable buildings. The fire remained small and was extinguished by the diligent efforts of Central Mason Fire and the alert citizen(s) who reported it. Video surveillance equipment was able to capture footage of the suspect truck.

MCSO , Mason County Fire Districts, and DNR are investigating a series of suspicious fires over the past several weeks. The investigations have determined that two of the fires to have been intentionally set, arson. At this time, the MCSO is requesting the public’s assistance in attempting to id the persons and/or vehicles depicted in the attached videos and photographs.On Tuesday July 17th at 12:30am a subject driving a truck entered the Shelton High School teacher’s parking lot and intentionally started a fire on the adjacent property that borders SHS to the North, behind the school’s three portable buildings. The fire remained small and was extinguished by the diligent efforts of Central Mason Fire and the alert citizen(s) who reported it.Video surveillance equipment was able to capture footage of the suspect truck. Efforts to identify the truck have so far been unsuccessful.On Saturday July 28th at 8:30pm a white 4-door car carrying 3 to 4 persons was seen driving on Agate Rd. near the Agate Store. Persons located in the back seats of the vehicle threw fireworks from the rear windows of the vehicle as it was stopped at the stop sign in front of the store and again just beyond the store headed towards Timberlakes/Harstine Island. One of the fireworks started a fire that burned ¼ acre of timberland and placed the store and nearby residents in dangerVideo surveillance equipment located at the Agate Store caught footage of the suspect vehicle as it threw the first firework from the car at the stop sign and continued towards Timberlakes/Harstine Island.The MCSO is requesting the public’s assistance in identifying the persons and/or vehicles responsible for starting both of these arson fires. If you have any information regarding either of these fires, or any of the number of other recent suspicious fires, please contact the MCSO with the information.email your tips to MCSOtips@co.mason.wa.us or call Det. Sgt. Rhoades at 360-427-9670 x627.

Posted by Mason County Sheriff's Office on Tuesday, August 21, 2018

Detective Sergeant Jason Dracobly told MasonWebTV Powered by HCC the fire at the High School occurred on the same night as several other suspicious fires in fairly close proximity and they believe the fires are related.

Efforts to identify the truck have so far been unsuccessful.

On Saturday July 28th at 8:30pm a white 4-door car carrying 3 to 4 persons was seen driving on Agate Road near the Agate Store. Persons located in the back seats of the vehicle threw fireworks from the rear windows of the vehicle as it was stopped at the stop sign in front of the store and again just beyond the store headed towards Timberlakes/Harstine Island. One of the fireworks started a fire that burned a quarter acre of timberland and placed the store and nearby residents in danger. Video surveillance equipment located at the Agate Store caught footage of the suspect vehicle as it threw the first firework from the car at the stop sign and continued towards Timberlakes/Harstine Island.

Anyone who can identify these persons or vehicles, or has any information regarding any of the recent suspicious fires should contact the Sheriff’s Office.

“We just can’t identify anything in particular,” Dracobly explained. “We’re hoping somebody else may see something that helps us.”

Email your tips to MCSOtips@co.mason.wa.us or call Det. Sgt. Rhoades at 360-427-9670 x627. If you want to remain anonymous, you can also contact Crime Stoppers at 800-222-TIPS (8477).