Arsonist torches 4 Philadelphia police vehicles; $5,000 reward offered

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A $5,000 reward is being offered for the arrest of an arsonist who launched a Molotov cocktail into Philadelphia police vehicles on Monday morning.

PHILADELPHIA (WPVI) -- The Philadelphia FOP is offering a $5,000 reward for information leading to the arrest of the person who torched four police cruisers.

Those fires were set in the span of an hour in four different police districts early Monday morning.

Gwendolyn Bonaparte walked by one of them on her way to work.

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Bonaparte exclaimed, "Oh goodness- that's bad. That's real bad. People that help us- come on- why would somebody do that?"

Investigators say the arsonist launched a Molotov cocktail into the police cars to set them ablaze.

"Throughout the night we worked very hard to make sure we cover down for the safety and security of our vehicles, and obviously the officers who were assigned to those vehicles," said Philadelphia Police Commissioner Danielle Outlaw. "We get up to serve complete strangers, folks that we don't even know. And to damage the tools, one of the tools that we have available to us, to not only keep us safe, but in order to allow us to do our job, it's a real slap in the face."

No officers were injured.

If you have information, you can call 215-686-TIPS, or 911.