Police and fire officials are investigating an arson fire in Sandwich that has a disturbing similarity with a suspicious incident in Barnstable.
In both cases, the arsonist left a calling card, the message, “(expletive) the rich” at the scene.
A confidential arson hotline is available 24-hours a day at 800-682-9229.
The Arson Watch Reward Program, funded by the state’s property and casualty insurance companies, provides rewards of up to $5,000 to help solve arson cases, according to the state Fire Marshal’s Office.
At 3:30 a.m. on Nov. 24, flames engulfed an unoccupied home still under construction at 16 Boulder Brook Road in Sandwich. Only the exterior of the house had been completed. The home, which was valued at $500,000, had a three-car garage and three bedrooms, but no plumbing or electric service, Sandwich Fire Chief George Russell said.
The heavy damage burned much of the evidence. But the state Fire Marshal’s Office was recently able to rule that an arsonist had set the fire, Russell said.
The following week, on Dec. 2, incendiary devices were found at 43 Trotters Lane in Marstons Mills, law enforcement officials said.
At Trotters Lane, the message “(expletive) the rich,” was clearly spray painted on a fence on the property, Barnstable police Det. John York said.
York said a similar message had been found at the Sandwich property. Sandwich officials have declined to provide details about that case.
If the unknown arsonist involved in this spate of property crimes had tagged walls with “F**k the poor” instead of “F**k the rich,” MSNBC and the New York Times would be posting figurative Most Wanted Posters for the Tea Party all over again. (h/t Doug Powers and JWF)
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