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September 4, 2009 (Vista) – Vista is not in East County. But an arsonist anywhere in our County poses a threat to us all. One spark on a windy day can spread a fire far beyond its origins.


San Diego County Sheriff's Vista detectives and Crime Stoppers seek the public’s help to find an arsonist who torched public vehicles, causing $50,000 in damage. Authorities also seek vandals who sprayed racist/hate graffiti, including swastikas, on public vehicles and buildings at 1790 Shadowridge Drive in Vista, a fenced yard owned by the City of Vista. Below is a description from Crimestoppers:

On the evening of August 19, unknown suspect(s) gained entry into a fenced yard that belongs to the City of Vista, located at the Buena Vista Park. The suspect(s) vandalized city vehicles and city property. The vandalism consisted of various “hate/racist” type graffiti sprayed on city vehicles and building. The suspect(s) also shoved dirt into one of the City vehicles’ gas tanks.

On August 20, 2009, at about 2300 hours, the Vista Fire Department responded to a fire at the same fenced yard at the park. Two vehicles and part of an out building were engulfed in flames. The same type of hate/racist graffiti was discovered on a building inside the yard. The fire was determined to be arson and caused about $50,000 worth of damage.


San Diego County Crime Stoppers is offering up to a $10,000 reward in this case; $1,000 for arrest and $9,000 for arrest and conviction to anyone with information that leads to the arrest of the suspect(s) responsible for this arson.


Detectives are asking anyone with information on the identity of this suspect to call the Crime Stoppers anonymous tip line at (888) 580-8477. Crime Stoppers is offering up to a $1,000 reward to anyone with information that leads to an arrest. Anonymous email and text messages can be sent in via

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