MILWAUKEE -- Milwaukee police are asking for the public’s help in identifying suspects in regards to eight south side fires in the overnight hours of Friday, June 9th.
Those suspects, captured by surveillance video (see photo gallery below), are are wanted in connection with the following incidents:
- 2:50 a.m. on June 9 in the 2800 block of W. Hayes Avenue where two garbage cans were set on fire.
- 2:50 a.m. on June 9 in the 3000 block of W. Hayes Avenue where a garbage can was lit on fire and spread to a garage.
- 3:00 a.m. on June 9 in the 2400 block of S. 29th Street where two garbage cans and a fence were set on fire.
- 3:30 a.m. on June 9 in the 1600 block of S. 20th Street where a garbage can was lit on fire and spread to two garages.
- 3:40 a.m. on June 9 in the 1900 block of S. 28th Street where a garbage cart was lit on fire. Additionally, the suspects attempted to set fire to a garage but were unsuccessful.
- 3:50 a.m. on June 9 in the 1000 block of W. Lapham Street where a garbage cart was lit on fire and spread to a building.
- 4:00 a.m. on June 9 in the 1400 block of S. 11th Street where a garbage cart was lit on fire.
- 4:50 a.m. on June 9 in the 1800 block of S. 25th Street where a garbage can was lit on fire.
Milwaukee Aldermen Bob Donovan and Jose Perez say this is a tragedy that is hitting a working class neighborhood hard.
"It looks from surveillance video, these are young people on bicycles traveling around the neighborhood," said Ald. Perez.
"Someone out there, perhaps more than one individual, knows who is responsible," said Ald. Donovan.
"I echo the alderman's calls and concerns for safety of the residents in the neighborhood would ask that anybody with information come forward and get that information to the Milwaukee Police Department so we can prevent this type of thing from happening in the future," said Deputy Chief Terry Lintonen of the Milwaukee Fire Department.
A member of the Great Spirit Parish took a FOX6 News crew inside the ruins of their building. She hopes those responsible understand the scope of the damage they caused.
"They need to realize how serious this is and lives could have been lost," said Michelle Boid, Parish Trustee.
"Why would someone torch a food pantry that serves their neighbors. I don't understand that at all," said Pastor Ed Cook, Congregation of the Great Spirit.
As residents discover damage, the number of incidents may increase. Citizens who discover damage are encouraged to call the MPD non-emergency number at 414-933-4444 to report it.
The surveillance images in the gallery above are from the S. 20th Street incident. Anyone with information is asked to call Milwaukee Police at 414-935-7360.