Nature of Incident: Seeking Public’s Help for Series of Suspicious Fires
Report Number: 21-119941, 21-131414, 21-154155, 21-154665, 21-156416
Location: Arroyo near Spring Road and Los Angeles Ave, Moorpark Mission Bell Plaza, 530 Los Angeles Ave, Moorpark Waterstone Apartments, 4767 Moorpark Ave, Moorpark Magnolia Park, 296 Charles Street, Moorpark
Date & Time: September 2021 – Present
Unit(s) Responsible: Ventura County Sheriff’s Office – Moorpark Patrol Station
(S)uspects City of Residence Age
(S) Unknown Unknown Unknown
Over the past two months, the City of Moorpark has experienced a series of small fires that appear to have been intentionally set. Starting in September, a cluster of fires was set in the arroyo in the area of Spring Road and Los Angeles Avenue. In October, a tree was set on fire in the Mission Bell Plaza on Los Angeles Avenue. Over the past week, fires have been set to a restroom and a trash can at the Waterstone Apartments on Moorpark Avenue and to a trash can at Magnolia Park on Charles Street. It is unknown if all these fires are related, but it is believed that some are related based on manner and method of the arsons.
With potentially strong winds again forecast for later this week, the Moorpark Police Department is seeking the public’s help in identifying the suspect(s) in these fires. Anyone with information is encouraged to call Detective Sergeant Kevin Lynch at (805) 532-2716 or you may report it anonymously to Ventura County Crime Stoppers. Ventura County Crime Stoppers will pay up to $1,000 reward for information, which leads to the arrest and criminal complaint against the person(s) responsible for this crime. The caller may remain anonymous. The call is not recorded. Call Crime Stoppers at 800-222-TIPS (8477).
Prepared by: Detective Sergeant Kevin Lynch
News Release Date: November 24, 2021
Media Follow-Up Contact: Detective Sergeant Kevin Lynch (805) 532-2716
Approved by: Captain Victor Fazio