Car arsons continue in Richardson neighborhood

Arsonists struck again recently in a Richardson neighborhood, torching more vehicles in front of people's homes.

Around 3:15 a.m. Thursday, Patrick Kenny's 1990 Ford F-150 truck fell prey to arsonists.

"My damage was a tire and some body damage, but the old truck can take it," said Kenny.

Kenny is lucky -- he only needed a used $35 tire to get it going again.

Just around the corner from Kenny on Worcester Way, Geneva Monarrez and her family woke up to tall flames surrounding two tires of their 2003 Trailblazer around 5 a.m. Friday.

Monarrez says it could be a total loss.

"How would you like somebody to do that to your family?" she said. "Something you worked hard for. It's unfair."

June Roberts, 80, and her family were asleep inside their north Richardson home when they woke up to sirens and fire crews around 3 a.m. Tuesday.

Someone stuffed a rag into the gas tank of her 2000 Buick Century and set it on fire.

Investigators say it's now a total loss.

The suspect waited for firefighters to leave, then struck again two houses away. This time, Karina Del Rio's 2005 Chevy Colorado truck was set on fire, damaging its fuel line and making it no longer drivable.


With four arsons in one week, neighbors in the Northrich neighborhood say there's a burning desire to catch whoever's responsible.

With police upping patrols and fire crews responding within minutes, Kenny says the suspects don't stand a chance.

"Part of me hopes they do it again so we can catch them," he said.

Members of the neighborhood watch say they're keeping an eye out for anyone that doesn't belong in the neighborhood, including early in the morning, when the arsons are happening.

After midnight, a group plans to patrol the area in cars to be the eyes and ears for police.


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