ACCOMACK CO., Va. - After 44 reported, intentionally set fires in Accomack County, officials are still chasing down leads. Investigators with the Virginia State Police Bureau of Criminal Investigation say that they are "aggressively pursing leads." The first fire was reportedly set on November 12th, of last year, the latest, number 44, was set on February 4th.
Police say that they have, and are, looking into several leads. Capt. T.A. Reibel, Commander of the BCI Chesapeake Field Office, said "from solid, old-fashioned police work to utilizing the latest in police technology, we have developed several strong leads as to who may very possibly be behind these fires."
Officials say they believe the arsons are being set be several people who might be working together. There have been no injuries in any of the 44 fires. All the fires have reportedly been set in the over night hours, to abandoned structures and brush.
State Police have increased their patrols and surveillance around the county, but they say they still need help from the public. A $5,000 reward is being offered for any information that leads to an arrest and conviction.
Any tips can be called in by dialing 911 or #77 on a cell phone. Additional numbers to reach the Virginia State Police Chesapeake Headquarters are toll-free at 1-800-582-8350 or at 757-424-6820; the Accomack County Sheriff's Office can also be contacted at 757-787-1131.