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San Diego arson investigators are trying to catch someone who has set vehicles ablaze in the Mira Mesa area, causing nearly $590,000 in estimated damage to carports and vehicles over the past week.

The series began Dec. 21. It has so far damaged or destroyed 23 vehicles, said San Diego police Sgt. Rick Pechin, who heads the city’s Metro Arson Strike Team.

The team is asking the public for help in identifying a suspect, Pechin said.

“As of now, we do not have any known witnesses, and we are still actively investigating these as arsons,” Pechin said in an e-mail.

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Arson team officials offered this list of losses from the fires:

  • Dec. 21: A vehicle parked in a residence’s driveway on Vela Drive near Menkar Road was set on fire around 1:35 a.m.; the cause of the fire was undetermined but considered suspicious since it was close in time and location to the others. The loss was estimated at $5,000
  • Dec. 22: A vehicle parked on the street on Teresa Drive near Calle Dario was set on fire around 1:16 a.m.; the vehicle suffered an estimated $2,000 in damage.
  • Dec. 22: Seventeen vehicles were damaged, with at least eight totaled, in a fire at a carport at the Canyon Bluffs condos on Caminito La Bar, off Calle Cristobal. The fire was reported around 1:25 a.m. Damage was estimated at $250,000 to the structure and $300,000 to vehicles.
  • On Wednesday: A vehicle parked in a carport on Summerdale Road near Summerdale Way was set on fire around 2:55 a.m. The damage was estimated at $10,000 and the vehicle was considered a total loss;
  • On Wednesday: A vehicle was set on fire in a carport and spread to two adjacent vehicles in the carport on Capricorn Way near Kelowna Road, around 4 a.m.; damage was estimated at $20,000.

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