A suspicious fire that set two vehicles ablaze in the Lincoln garage on campus is now being investigated as arson.
The fires which where first reported by a passerby on Thursday, Oct. 11 at 6:45 a.m., destroyed two vehicles on the top level of the garage. Both vehicles belong to students at Boise State.
“I can’t think of anyone that I made mad, or mad enough to set my car on fire,” said Taylor Rohrich, freshman student and owner of one of the badly damaged vehicles.
Rohrich was notified by a family member the morning of the incident who told her what had happened.
“I called the transportation office, and they said that sometime early in the morning, my car was set on fire,” Rohrich said.
Police initially did not cite arson as the cause for the fires, but Rohrich was confident it must have been intentional.
“The other car was maybe twenty feet away from mine, they where not even next to each other,” Rohrich said.
In a recent press release, Boise Police officially cited arson as the cause for both fires currently under investigation.
Arson is a criminal charge in Idaho punishable by up to ten years in prison and a 50,000 fine.
Police also stated that three garbage fires have been reported in a weeks time, all within the Lincoln garage.
Rohrich’s vehicle was insured but her policy will not cover the ruined vehicle.
“I only have liability, so I don’t get anything back,” Rohrich said.
Police strongly urge anyone with information regarding these incidents to contact Crime Stoppers at 343-COPS, or log onto www.343cops.com, or text CRIMES or 274637, subject: Tip236.
Citizens may choose to remain anonymous.
Police are offering a 1,000 reward to anyone who can provide information leading to an arrest.
Boise firefighters where notified at approximately 6:45 a.m., when a passerby noticed smoke billowing out of the top level of Lincoln parking garage.
According to the Boise police news release, firefighters quickly extinguished two cars that were ablaze, a GMC Jimmy SUV and a Jeep Wrangler. Both vehicles belong to Boise State students.