FOREST HILLS, Queens – With residents of an upscale Queens neighborhood on edge, police have released surveillance video in the hopes of nabbing a suspected arsonist believed to be behind the string of attacks.
Police say the suspect is wanted in four suspicious fires since November 8, and was finally recorded by surveillance cameras Wednesday before allegedly setting a construction site ablaze at 108-47 67 Drive.
The firebug's tactics follow a pattern, according to police – he enters a construction site and ignites flammable materials inside before fleeing on foot.
The string of fires has residents of the well-to-do neighborhood fearing for their safety.
Cops say the firebug struck first on November 8 around 9:30 p.m. when he allegedly set fire to a construction site at 68-60 112 Street. A week later, a site at 112-35 69 Road went up in flames. Then, on November 17th, massive flames lit up the night sky over 108-49 66 Avenue. The last fire on Wednesday, happened around 11 p.m. at 108-47 67 Drive. Investigators are still trying to determine if the fourth fire was intentionally set.
Police are hoping someone will recognize the man and call the anonymous police tip line Crime Stoppers at (800) 577-TIPS (8477).