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Posted on: July 28, 2021

[ARCHIVED] Reward Offered in Arson Investigation



Sheriff Chad Bianco

Press Release:Reward Offered in Arson Investigation
Station Area:Indio
Written Date:July 27, 2021Time:5:30 PM
Incident Date:July 4, 2021 - July 10, 2021Time:11:37 PM - 11:30 PM
Incident Location:81933 Indio Blvd., Indio
Reporting Officer:Sergeant Paul Heredia
File Number(s):GE211950001


Structure Fire

The Coachella Valley Violent Crime Gang Task Force (CVVCGTF) is currently conducting an Arson investigation into two fires that occurred on July 4th, 2021 and July 10th, 2021 in Indio. Two separate fires were set at the construction site of a new AMPM gas station and car wash located at 81933 Indio Blvd., in Indio. During the first fire, the car wash portion of the project was set ablaze and burned to a total loss. During the second fire just days later, the gas station portion of the project was set ablaze and was also a total loss. The project was approximately 90% complete at the time of the first fire. It is believed that the two arsons are related. Gang Task Force Officers are asking for the public’s assistance in coming forward with any information that will assist in the identification and arrest of the suspect/s responsible for these arsons. A private person is offering a reward of $50,000.00 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the suspect/s responsible for the arsons.

The Coachella Valley Violent Crime Gang Task Force is committed to creating safe and secure neighborhoods free of violent crime and gang activity. If you have any information about this crime, please contact CVVCGTF member Officer Knudson at (760) 836-1600. If you have non-emergency information regarding gang activity, please use our online Gang Task Force Tip Form or call 951-922-7601.

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