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Fourth arson case reported on Tempe campus

The ASU Police Department is adding a fourth case to its investigation of a series of recent arson incidents occurring on the Tempe campus.

At approximately 1:50 a.m. Friday, an unknown person or persons set fire to the seat of a bicycle secured to the bike racks on the west side of Hassayampa Academic Village Phase II on the Tempe campus, according to a police report.

This is the fourth incident of arson occurring in the early hours of the morning at various locations across the Tempe campus.

ASU Police spokesman Cmdr. Jim Hardina said police can’t yet confirm if the incidents are related and do not have a lead.

The first two arson incidents occurred on April 16 within approximately six minutes of each other.

An unknown person or persons set fire to the cover of a parking lot meter in Lot 13, which is on Lemon Street between College and Forest Avenues, around 2:12 a.m., police reported.

At approximately 2:18 a.m. an unknown person or persons set fire to a Phoenix New Times newspaper stand at the intersection of Forest Mall and Orange Mall, according to a police report.

The third fire occurred around 3:53 a.m. on April 18 when an unknown person or persons set fire to the contents of a trash can just outside the ASU Police Station on College Avenue and Apache Boulevard, police reported.

Anyone with any information regarding the incidents can contact the ASU Police Department at 480-965-3456.

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