Search underway for subject who set Wilton Manors Police cruiser on fire

WILTON MANORS, FLA. (WSVN) - - Police are searching for a possible arsonist in Wilton Manors who set a police cruiser partly on fire, causing minor damage to the vehicle.

Police said someone threw something over some shrubs and into the parking lot of the Wilton Manors Police Station on Wilton Drive, July 26, between 3 a.m. and 5 a.m.

“An unknown subject did throw an unknown object with an unknown accelerant onto this police vehicle,” said Wilton Manors Police Officer Jennifer Bickhardt.

The object landed on the back of the car and spilled onto the light bar and hood, leaving the vehicle burned and damaged. The fire snuffed itself out on the asphalt in front of the cruiser before it could damage other vehicles.

The subject fled the scene and remains at large.

“We don’t know who’s responsible. We’re asking right now for the community’s help,” said Bickhardt.

No one was hurt.

Police also released surveillance video from a convenience store. A man on video, seen wearing a green T-shirt and khaki pants, is believed to have more information on the crime. He was in the area around the time when the arson attack occurred.

The man pictured who police want to question is not a suspect at this time.

“Did he see something, hear something, see flames on the vehicle?” said Bickhardt.

Investigators are trying to determine the subject’s intent.

“We don’t know what the intentions were,” said Bickhardt. “Was it hate toward the Wilton Manors Police Department? To the law enforcement community? To the City of Wilton Manors and our residents and businesses here? We don’t know what those intentions were of those responsible for this incident.”

If you have any information on this case of arson, call Broward County Crime Stoppers at 954-493-TIPS. Remember, you can always remain anonymous, and you may be eligible for a $3,000 reward.

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