flameOK, so that’s an exaggeration. But we were nonetheless shocked to hear that there has been a string of no less than seven fires just south of campus since Friday.

The police suspect arson in all of them, the latest of which took place Monday evening. More are expected tonight. Burned items include trash cans, cars, a Port-A-Potty, a light pole and one of those wooden benches at the Tang Center.

No suspects have been named or described by the police, and Berkeley police Sgt. Mary Kusmiss offers the following sage insight:

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UCPD e-mailed a supplement crime alert today. The e-mail featured a link to a video of a “person of interest” in the investigation of the recent arson attack on a police van. The e-mail explains:

On Thursday, October 4th, 2007, at 5:52 a.m., a UCPD police vehicle parked in Barrow Lane was the object of an arson attack. UCPD has a video showing a person of interest, and requests your help in identifying him.

If you have information, the police request that you call 510-642-0472 or e-mail [email protected]

Better yet, check out the vid on YouTube. Then check out the related vids: UCLA Student Gets Tased by UCPD Officers, UCLA Student Tasered by UCPD Police, Iranian-American Student Abused By UCLA UCPD with Tazer Gun …

Serve and protect!

Identity Needed [YouTube]
Arson [UCPD]