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Tip reward rises in string of arsons

Suspected arsons in Burnet County

The Hill Country Area Crime Stoppers has pledged up to a $2,000 reward, in addition to the city of Burnet’s $10,000 reward, for information leading to an arrest in a string of suspected arsons between May and October. Staff photo by Alex Copeland

The Hill Country Area Crime Stoppers has added a $2,000 reward to the $10,000 already being offered for information leading to an arrest in a string of suspected arsons in and near Burnet County between May and October. The $10,000 was put up by the city of Burnet.

No additional suspicious fires have been reported since the last one on Oct. 22.

During a Burnet City Council meeting Oct. 27, Interim Police Chief Sid Fuller gave a presentation on several fires in the area dating to May 5. A few of the fires were deemed accidental, but law enforcement is investigating some as arson.

The Burnet Police Department and other area law enforcement agencies are investigating the fires and asking for tips from the public. People may call the department at 512-756-6404.

Tips to the Hill Country Area Crime Stoppers may be made by calling 1-866-756-8477 or through its website. Tipsters remain anonymous. Crime Stoppers does not have caller ID, and calls are not recorded. Tipsters are assigned a code number, so they do not have to give their names.

All information will be passed to investigating officers.

If a tip leads to an arrest, the tipster could receive a cash reward. The Hill Country Crime Stoppers passes the reward to the tipster while protecting their identity. 

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