Reward offered for tipsters in Sorrento Valley vehicle arson case


SAN DIEGO (CNS) – Authorities reached out to the public Thursday for help in identifying an arsonist who torched a sedan and a pickup truck last month in front of a Sorrento Valley home.

Home surveillance cameras captured images of the man pouring what is believed to have been gasoline on the parked and unoccupied Lexus IS-300 and Toyota Tundra in a driveway in the 10600 block of Arbor Heights Lane and igniting the liquid with a cigarette lighter shortly after 2 a.m. Feb. 3, according to San Diego police.

As the vehicles went up in flames, the perpetrator bolted across the street, got into a white sedan and drove off.

The homeowner, who asked not to be identified, told FOX 5 that the action was “cowardly,” and credited neighbors for waking the house up after the incident happened.

“What will he do next?” the homeowner said. “He might escalate to something more severe. So, I mean, there’s nothing that I’ve done for someone to do that.”

The fire caused an estimated $13,000 worth of damage, officials said.

Anyone with information about the case is asked to call San Diego County Crime Stoppers at 888-580-8477 or contact the agency online at

Tipsters may remain anonymous and could be eligible for a reward of up to $1,000.

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