Jan 30, 2016 4:59 PM

Police investigating rash of fires set in cars parked around Portsmouth

PORTSMOUTH - Police are looking for a suspect responsible for a sudden slew of car fires around the city on Saturday.

Police say the first call came in around 2 a.m. on Chapel Street. The fire, on the front passenger side, had been extinguished when police arrived.

Later in the morning, police responded to a second reported car fire around 4:30 a.m., this time on Melbourne Street. The car was fully engulfed and deemed a total loss.

Over the course of the morning and afternoon, police received an additional seven calls for vehicles that had items stolen or items in the car lit on fire. These calls came from cars on Melbourne Street, Marcy Street, Middle Street, Washington Street, Manning Street and Howard Street.

Police are asking anyone else who had their cars gone through to please contact the Portsmouth Police Department and avoid touching anything in the vehicle.

Additionally, anyone who saw anything that could be related to these fires is asked to call police at 436-2145.

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