Officials Confident They'll Find Plainfield Arsonist

String of Plainfield arsons started Christmas Eve in the Arbor Creek subdivision, followed by one New Year's Eve, and three more early Sunday

By Jeff Goldblatt and BJ Lutz
|  Tuesday, Jan 10, 2012  |  Updated 9:51 PM CDT
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Fires have happened each of the last three weekends on the same block, of the same street, in the same neighborhood, in far south suburban Plainfield, and investigators say the blazes appear to be intentionally set.

Fires have happened each of the last three weekends on the same block, of the same street, in the same neighborhood, in far south suburban Plainfield, and investigators say the blazes appear to be intentionally set.

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String of arsons date back to Christmas Eve.
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Authorities said Tuesday they're confident they'll find whoever has been setting fires in south suburban Plainfield.

"The people that are starting the fire, the fires I should say, maybe don’t realize the entire scope of what they’re doing. The one thing I will tell them is we will get you," said Plainfield Police Chief John Konopek.

Insurance investigators spent the day sifting through the charred rubble of a townhome torched early Sunday morning. The fire started in a vehicle in the garage and spread quickly.

"It's terrifying. They don't realize that they're not only ruining everybody's houses and cars and memories. It could kill people," said neighbor Jacki Griffin, who snapped several photos of the inferno.

The string of arsons started Christmas Eve in the Arbor Creek subdivision, followed by one New Year's Eve, and three more early Sunday.

"We haven't really been sleeping. You've noticed that a lot of the neighbors lights are on throughout the night, and I think everybody's having a hard time dealing with it," said Griffin.

Konopek said the fires appear to be crimes of opportunity.

"All of the doors on all of the vehicles have been left unlocked. It's our theory right now that the person or persons is rattling doors and waiting until they find an open car door," he said.

Konopek said the investigation has been very active and that some evidence has been recovered.
 

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