Mission district sees two cases of attempted car arson Sunday

Getty Images file photo | Clip artTwo vehicles had evidence of attempted arson while parked in the Mission on Sunday.

Getty Images file photo | Clip artTwo vehicles had evidence of attempted arson while parked in the Mission on Sunday.

There were two cases reported of attempted car arson in the Mission district on Sunday, police said.

The first incident occurred about 5:05 a.m. in the 1400 block of Valencia Street.

Video surveillance showed a suspect reportedly opening up a vehicle's gas cap, put a rag in and light it on fire, police Sgt. Danielle Newman said. The suspect walked away but came back when the vehicle did not burn. He then got under the vehicle and continued trying to tamper with the undercarraige, Newman said. He eventually walked away from the scene. He was described as being about 5-foot-11 and 160 pounds, police said.

The vehicle reportedly belonged to a business nearby, Newman said.

In the second incident, a 30-year-old woman went out to move her car parked near the intersection of Dolores and Cesar Chavez streets about 6 p.m. and found a burned piece of newspaper in her vehicle's gas cap, Newman said. The victim parked her vehicle there the day before and the attempted arson could have happened at any time over those two days, she said. No other vehicle in that area showed any sign of arson or tampering.

While it was possible to conclude the incidents were related due to the close time frame and proximity of the attempted arsons, Newman said police are unable to make that conclusion at this time, as the investigation is ongoing.

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