Authorities Offer $45,000 For Info Leading To Arrest In Arson, Vandalism Cases In Arizona Town

PRESCOTT VALLEY, Ariz. (AP) — An arsonist caught on surveillance cameras wearing a mask, headlamp and all-black clothing has caused millions of dollars in damage in central Arizona, according to authorities who have increased their reward for information leading to an arrest.

Authorities have raised their offer to $45,000 for information about the arson and vandalism cases in the town of Prescott Valley.

A newly formed task force located surveillance footage Tuesday of what appeared to be the same suspect spraying graffiti at a restaurant and a movie theater on March 10, according to police.

They said someone did more than $60,000 in damage on March 29 to a building at Bradshaw Mountain High plus the school’s football field and track.

Police said a suspected arson at a luxury apartment complex under construction in Prescott Valley caused an estimated $60 million in damage on April 1.

Three days later, vandalism was reported again at Bradshaw Mountain High and temporarily closed the school because of an electrical box fire and internet outage.

Police said surveillance cameras on campus showed someone wearing all-black clothing, gloves and boots plus what appeared to be a gas mask with a mounted camera and headlamp.

The Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office and Yavapai Silent Witness are offering a $35,000 reward for information leading to an arrest.

A $10,000 reward is being offered by Prescott Valley police, Central Arizona Fire and Medical Authority and the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.