Laurel Mayor Craig A. Moe and Laurel Police Chief Richard McLaughlin recently announced on April 3, the City of Laurel would raise the reward value to up to $10,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible for setting our City playgrounds on fire. The previous award amount of $5,000 has been doubled to a reward of $10,000.
It was also announced by Prince George’s County Fire/EMS Chief, Marc Bashoor, that in looking into the playground fires, there are enough similarities to 4 other fires in the Laurel area, that the Prince George’s County Fire Investigators are examining all 7 fire incidents as the same possible suspect or suspects. The list of fire incidents under investigation now are:
- Bottom Dollar Store (Rte. 197) - January 10
- Discovery Community Park - March 3
- Laurel Fuel Oil Heating & Cooling- March 6
- Emancipation Community Park - March 11
- 14300 Block Laurel Bowie Rd - March 20
- Granville Gude Park - March 22
- Empire Buffet - March 23
Mayor Moe is asking residents to report any suspicious activity in and around City parks; if you see something, say something. If you see illegal activity, please call the Laurel City Police at 301-725-3000 or 911 immediately and do not try to intervene in any way. Take down your observations and give them to the police. Your safety and the safety of the residents is first and foremost.