AMES, Iowa — Ames police are looking for the person responsible for a string of car burglaries and arsons over the past few weeks.
The latest happened early Tuesday morning on 11th Street. That’s when the arsonist torched college student Curtis Messer’s car.
“Nothing left of my inside,” Messer said, assessing the damage. “Surprisingly, my backpack wasn’t completely gone but you can see some of my books in there still, my laptop’s right there, other than that I really didn’t recognize anything else in there.”
Ames police say they’ve investigated five car arsons and 30 car break-in’s since Labor Day. Investigators believe the same person is responsible for all of the incidents.
“It tells us he’s pretty brazen. I think it’s going to continue to happen until we arrest him,” said Commander Jason Tuttle of the Ames Police Department. “The car fire last night was very near a house and so we’re concerned that these fires are going to spread to a structure and people could be killed because of this person’s actions.”
Police are asking residents to keep their car doors locked at night and to report anything suspicious.