February 25, 2014

On February 25, 2014, at approximately 2:10 AM, the Riley County Police Department in conjunction with the Manhattan Fire Department responded to a complaint of fire in the 800 block of Moro Street in Manhattan. When emergency crew arrived on scene they found a vehicle on fire. Approximately 5 minutes later another report of fire was received and officers responded to a stairwell at an apartment complex located at 801 Moro Street. Within the next 45 minutes police and fire officials received a complaint of an additional fire at 823 Laramie where another vehicle had been ignited.

There were no injuries reported.

In total a Nissan owned by Hector Pedroza, 28, Manhattan, a Toyota Camry which is owned by Ellyn Calvert, 21, of Manhattan, and a Ford F350 owned by Michael Petrie received approximately $26,000.00 worth of damage.

Police and Fire Investigators began an investigation into the suspicious fires and have determined that there was a high probability that they were incendiary in nature. This investigation is ongoing.

If you have information about this crime, contact the Riley County Police Department at 785-537-2112. You can also submit tips to the Manhattan Riley County Crime Stoppers and remain anonymous as well as potentially qualify for a cash reward of up to $1,000.00. This service can be utilized by calling 785-539-7777 or by installing the “TipSubmit Mobile” app on Android and iPhone.

For more information on how to contact the Manhattan Riley County Crime Stoppers visit them online at www.ManhattanRileyCountyCrimeStoppers.com.