BOISE — Federal and state law enforcement officers announced that a $5,000 reward is being offered for information that will help them find who is responsible for setting fire to two police cars in Hailey last month.
The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives is leading a Joint Task Force investigation that includes officers from the Ketchum and Hailey police departments, along with the Blaine County Sheriff’s Office.
Police say on Dec. 27, someone poured an accelerant on a Blaine County Sheriff’s SUV parked at a deputy’s home and set it on fire, causing minor damage.
The next night, two Molotov cocktails were thrown at a Ketchum Police Department SUV. One of the bottles broke a side window.
“The intentional destruction of these cars is a cowardly act and is not only an attack against property but a deliberate assault on the community and citizens that area law enforcement serves,” said Special Agent in Charge Kelvin N. Crenshaw. “Arson is a senseless crime of violence where human lives are placed at risk and it is a top investigative priority for ATF.”
ATF has offered their expertise in fire investigations including the use of federal forensic labs that specialize in DNA, fingerprint analysis and other tests to help identify those responsible.
“The Joint Task Force investigating these attacks has made it a priority and we are confident we will apprehend whoever is responsible,” said Ketchum Police Chief Harkins. “We are asking for the public’s help in our effort to apprehend and convict those responsible for this crime. Local detectives and federal agents are closely working together and have reason to believe someone has information about this fire. We encourage them to please call us.”
Anyone with information is encouraged to call the Blaine County Sheriff’s Office at 208-788-5555.
Callers can also contact the ATF Boise Office at 208-334-1160, or the Arson Alarm Tip-Line at 1-800-55-ARSON or ATF’s 24-hour tip line at 1-800-283-4867. Callers can remain anonymous.