ATF offers $5K reward in arson of two Lumberton police vehicles

LUMBERTON, NC (WBTW) – The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives is offering a $5,000 reward to anyone who can provide information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person who burned two Lumberton Police Department vehicles.

In a press release from the ATF, Special Agent Gerod King says the agency is announcing a reward up to $5,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person(s) behind the arsonist act.

The Lumberton Police Department says an officer discovered two unmarked vehicles on fire in the police department parking lot Wednesday morning.

Captain Terry Parker says an officer was en-route to a call for service just after 3 a.m. Wednesday morning when he saw smoke coming from the area of the East Lumberton Resource Center, located at 1608 East 5th Street. When the officer got closer to the area, he could see two Lumberton Police Department vehicles on fire.

The vehicles were totaled in the fire, Captain Parker confirms.

An investigation is under way and Captain Parker says the department has requested the assistance of the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation and Federal Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco and Firearms.

Anyone with information on this investigation is asked to call Detective Blake Harrell at the Lumberton Police Department at 910-671-3845.

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