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Police: Suspect tries to burn vehicles in residents' driveways

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Source: Hampton Twp. Police Dept. Source: Hampton Twp. Police Dept.
HAMPTON TOWNSHIP, MI (WNEM) -

Police are warning residents to be on the lookout after an unknown suspect attempted to burn vehicles in residents' driveways.

It has happened over the past couple weeks in Hampton and Portsmouth Township.

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"I'm just scared. Everybody in this whole section out here are afraid now," said Nancy Madha, resident.

Her truck is a little worse for wear after someone tried to set it on fire.

Police say an arsonist is attempting to do the same thing to several other vehicles in the two townships.

"I hope they catch them because somebody is going to get hurt. Or something bad is going to happen if somebody is sleeping in the house and it explodes," Madha said.

Investigators believe the culprit is either pouring gas on the vehicle or stuffing objects in the gas tank and setting them on fire. The incidents have been happening since April.

Hampton Township Police Lt. Michael Wedding said the clues behind the string of arson attempts are few and far between.

"On one of the vehicles at Saginaw Bay Estates there was a witness that observed a white utility van pull to the side of it and was there about 15 minutes," Wedding said.

He also said the crimes appears to be random. While the hunt is on for the wannabe arsonist, Wedding said there are ways to protect your vehicle.

"The easiest thing for the gas is to have locked gas caps and stuff like that. Because this is very unusual to be honest with you," Wedding said.

In the meantime, Madha has a plea for whoever is behind this.

"Please don't do it anymore. You're going to hurt somebody bad," Madha said.

It is unclear how many incidents there have been.

Police are asking if you see any suspicious activity to call 911.

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