BURNET, Texas (KXAN) — Burnet police are investigating an arson involving one of their marked patrol cars parked at the police department.
Video surveillance shows the suspect setting the fire using what appears to be some kind of accelerant around 1 a.m. Wednesday.
The suspect, described only as slender, is then seen running from the scene east on Northington Street before briefly returning to the fire and then running away again.
The fire eventually went out on its own, police said. A photo of the rear of the car shows the charred exterior of the trunk.
The State Fire Marshal’s Office sent an investigator Thursday to figure out what substance the man used to start the fire. Police Chief Paul Nelson said the investigator’s K-9 picked up scents of the accelerant throughout the neighborhood by the police station.
Homeowners in the area are now asked to review any surveillance video they may have and share it with police.
Chief Nelson said he hopes this was just a dangerous, one-time prank committed by someone in the community, but he worries the police may have been targeted for a malicious reason.
Anyone with information on the arson is asked to call the police department at 512-756-6404 or Hill Country Crime Stoppers at 866-756-8477. Tips can also be submitted anonymously online at www.hillcountryareacrimestoppers.com.