Release Date:  01/21/2014

Incident Type: Clovis Police And Clovis Fire Department Fire Marshal Investigating Suspected Arsons In Clovis

Contact Person:  Captain Patrick Whitney, 575-763-9436

Clovis, NM – January 21, 2014 – The Clovis Police Department in conjunction with the Clovis Fire Department Fire Marshal are actively investigating three recent cases of suspected Arson taking place over the past holiday weekend.

Suspicious fires were found in the 400 block of Prince Street and Sycamore Street within about a 90 minute time frame on Saturday evening, January 18, 2014 and one in the 600 block of Maple Street on Monday evening, January 20, 2014. These fires are considered suspicious due to no utilities being active at any of the fire locations.

These cases are under active investigation at this time by Clovis Police Detectives in conjunction with the Clovis Fire Department Fire Marshal. Surveillance camera system reviews at businesses and neighborhood canvas interviews are taking place in the affected areas, along with increased police presence in the areas. At this early stage in the investigations, we are asking that citizens be on the lookout for suspicious behavior, particularly in people lurking in alleyways and around out buildings and abandoned houses, particularly in the evening hours after dark. If someone appears to be out of place for the neighborhood and appears to be looking around a lot as to be trying to avoid detection, please call the Clovis Police Department at 575-769-1921 so that we may check out the situation. If it is a situation in which a person appears to be lighting or have lit a fire, contact the police and fire departments immediately by dialing 911.

Anyone having any information about these cases of suspected Arson is asked to contact the police department at 575-769-1921 or Citizens may use TipSoft to provide this information and remain anonymous. Text users can send their tip to: "CRIMES" (274637) with the keyword TIPCPD. In other words, citizens can text “TIPCPD plus their crime tip" to 274637 (CRIMES).  Citizens can submit anonymous tips using their PC or mobile phone by going to www.tipsubmit.com, or anonymously call Crime Stoppers at 575-763-7000.

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