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Increased Police Presence Continues in Accomack

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ACCOMACK COUNTY, Va.- Virginia State Police will continue their increased patrols in Accomack County after a successful weekend alerting the public of their intentions to catch whoever is behind these fires.

More than 140 state troopers, police officers and sheriff's deputies manned five separate checkpoints in the county.  Even more troopers patrolled the back roads looking for anything suspicious or out of the ordinary. The goal of this 5-day effort by police is simple; gather the information needed to help extinguish these fires.

"We know there are folks out there that know what is going on.  Accomack is a large county by land size but it is a small community as well.  Everybody knows everyone out here.   We know that there is somebody out there with a piece of information that may be concerned about coming forward, they may be guarded about coming forward.  We want to give them every opportunity.  They've got something to share with us and we encourage them to do so," said Corrine Geller from the Virginia State Police.

Since state police opened their tip line on Feb. 14, they said they have received more than 100 tip calls, texts, and emails about these fires.  In the three days that police have been handing out flyers to drivers in Accomack County, they have already received an additional 75 new tips.

The increased presence by police will continue Monday and Tuesday night with the end of these fires, hopefully, not far behind.


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