The Santa Monica Police Department’s Arson Task Force is seeking the public’s help in the investigation of a series of arsons to parked vehicles and trashcans in a section of the city east of 26th Street over the past six months, including six incidents in December.

During the last six months, arson incidents have struck streets within a four block radius primarily in the early morning hours, police said. Cars and trashcans have been set afire on streets such as Stanford, Yale, California and Franklin.

The incidents began June 30th and continued through September 17th, with no new reports until December 15th in the 2400 block of California Avenue. Vehicle arsons were reported December 16th in the 1700 block of Berkeley and December 19th in the 1600 block of Berkeley, and three more incidents occurred around 4 a.m. December 20th in the 1500 block of Stanford, 2900 of Colorado and 1500 of Yale, police said.

Sgt. Jay Trisler said police are unsure why the arsons increased during the five-day stretch. Police believe the incidents, which occurred in close proximity to each other, are related.

Police currently do not have any description of suspects.

Anyone with information regarding these incidents is encouraged to contact Det. Heric at (310) 458-8410, Sgt. Trisler at (310) 458-8471, or the police department at (310) 458-8495.

Callers who wish to remain anonymous may also call the We-Tip hotline at (800) 47-ARSON (800-472-7766).

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