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Police: Playgrounds set on fire at two Pleasanton parks

Investigators seek information in arson cases

Playground equipment at two Pleasanton parks were set on fire in a pair of apparent arson incidents this month, police said on Friday.

Fire-damaged playground at Hansen Park. (Photo courtesy of PPD)

The most recent fire was reported around 2:30 a.m. Friday at Hansen Park at 5697 Black Ave., where the play structure sustained significant fire damage -- estimated at over $75,000 worth of damage, according to Lt. Kurt Schlehuber of the Pleasanton Police Department.

That was preceded by a suspicious fire discovered early in the morning on Nov. 8 at Creekside Park (5601 W. Las Positas Blvd.), where someone set fire to the swing set some time during the night, according to Schlehuber.

"At this time, these two fires are being investigated as arsons. Initial analysis of evidence at the scene indicates both fires were intentionally set," the lieutenant said. "Investigators are currently working through available leads and reviewing several surveillance videos provided to the department by our community."

It was not immediately clear whether the same culprit or culprits were involved in both incidents.

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"That is a real possibility. Since they occurred so close in time and the M.O. is the same, we think they may be related," Schlehuber told the Weekly.

Schlehuber said anyone with information about either incident should call Pleasanton PD at 925-931-5100.

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Police: Playgrounds set on fire at two Pleasanton parks

Investigators seek information in arson cases

by / Pleasanton Weekly

Uploaded: Fri, Nov 20, 2020, 3:11 pm
Updated: Sun, Nov 22, 2020, 5:26 pm

Playground equipment at two Pleasanton parks were set on fire in a pair of apparent arson incidents this month, police said on Friday.

The most recent fire was reported around 2:30 a.m. Friday at Hansen Park at 5697 Black Ave., where the play structure sustained significant fire damage -- estimated at over $75,000 worth of damage, according to Lt. Kurt Schlehuber of the Pleasanton Police Department.

That was preceded by a suspicious fire discovered early in the morning on Nov. 8 at Creekside Park (5601 W. Las Positas Blvd.), where someone set fire to the swing set some time during the night, according to Schlehuber.

"At this time, these two fires are being investigated as arsons. Initial analysis of evidence at the scene indicates both fires were intentionally set," the lieutenant said. "Investigators are currently working through available leads and reviewing several surveillance videos provided to the department by our community."

It was not immediately clear whether the same culprit or culprits were involved in both incidents.

"That is a real possibility. Since they occurred so close in time and the M.O. is the same, we think they may be related," Schlehuber told the Weekly.

Schlehuber said anyone with information about either incident should call Pleasanton PD at 925-931-5100.

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