Arsonist sought in fire that destroyed SUV, trailer, jet skis

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VISTA, Calif. — Police and sheriff’s investigators Friday are seeking the public’s help to catch an arsonist who started a fire that scorched a vehicle, trailer and two jet skis outside a home in Vista.

The blaze was reported about 1:15 a.m. Aug. 4 in the 1900 block of Cherrywood Street, said Detective Arnold Van Lingen of the San Diego County Sheriff’s Department.

Firefighters quickly knocked down the flames, but not before the fire destroyed a Toyota Sequoia SUV, two jet skis, a trailer and the surrounding vegetation, Van Lingen said. A person driving a dark sedan was seen leaving the area just before the arson was reported.

Anyone with information about the case was asked to call the sheriff’s department’s bomb/arson unit at 619-550-8158 or San Diego County Crime Stoppers at 888-580-8477. Tipsters can also contact the agency online at and may remain anonymous. Anyone with information that leads to an arrest in the case could be eligible for a reward of up to $1,000.