MEDFORD, Ore. – As the investigation into a string of arson fires continues, police said catching an arsonist provides different challenges than other crimes.
Medford has seen 14 suspicious fires since June 25th, including 10 confirmed arson fires in the past week. Most of the fires have been in neighborhoods near downtown Medford, and police believe they are likely the work of the same serial arsonist.
Police said when they investigate something like a burglary, there’s usually a connection between the suspect and victim, or some piece of evidence that points them in the right direction. But with arson cases, they don’t have those kinds of things, which makes an investigation a little more difficult.
Police said arsonists typically work alone and don’t like to talk to other people about their crimes. They also like to choose their targets at random and do not have any sort of connection to the victims.
Some arsonists suffer from mental illness or have some sort of trigger that makes them want to set fires.
“They’re always difficult because typically they’re motivated by something that’s internal, like something that’s going on in their head that they act out this way,” said Medford Police Lt. Mike Budreau.
No arrests have been made in any of the cases. Anyone with information is asked to contact Medford Police.