ACCOMACK COUNTY, Va. - It has been over a week since an arson was set in Accomack County. Thirty-eight fires have been determined as intentionally set since mid-November, with the last confirmed arson having occurred Dec. 23. The unusually long gap has Accomack County residents split. Some believe the arsonist could be gone. Others say it is a matter of time until the person strikes again.
"Maybe it's finally occurred to him that he is going to be caught sooner rather than later and he's just finally catching on. I hope that's what it is. I hope he's gone forever," said Hazel Adams of Oak Hill.
Others believe whoever is behind these arsons is simply toying with the police and first responders.
"I think he enjoys the firefighters working non-stop and not getting any rest," said Joanna Williams of Saxis.
Police have stepped up their patrols in Accomack County, particularly at night, in hopes of finding the one responsible for these crimes. Other residents believe this lull in activity is the arsonist's way of countering that move by police.
"There's a lot of police on him that are looking for him so he's just taking a little break. He's going to get back at it. I think he's going to get back at it," said Khalil Upshur of Eastville.
The break in crime has been welcomed by all in Accomack County and as the calendar flips to 2013, everyone is hopeful for no more fires in the new year.
Saturday, May 18 2013 10:19 AM EDT2013-05-18 14:19:20 GMT
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