Camas authorities search for serial portable toilet arsonist

Reward of up to $10,000 offered

By Emily Gillespie, Columbian breaking news reporter

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Updated: March 20, 2013, 9:29 PM

 

Officials are searching for a serial arsonist who is targeting portable toilets in Camas and, to catch the culprit, authorities are offering a reward for the public’s help.

Five portable toilets that were in public parks have been destroyed by overnight fires since March 5, according to a bulletin issued by Camas police. The initial investigation has clearly shown these cases to be related and a direct result of arson, the bulletin states.

The Arson Alarm Foundation and Washington Insurance Council are offering a reward of up to $10,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of those responsible.

Sgt. Scot Boyles said that the city of Camas rents the porta-potties and is responsible for any damage to the units, which cost about $1,000 each to replace.

“We’re taking this very seriously,” Boyles said. “Our goal is to not only stop these porta-potties from being burned … but we don’t want the suspect or suspects to get bored with porta-potties and escalate their behavior to something that could result in a more dangerous situation.”

Those with information about the fires are asked to call Camas police at 360-834-4151, the Camas fire marshal at 360-834-6191 or 800-55-ARSON (47766).