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Police searching for suspect in early morning fires

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Saturday night, Evansville Police are investigating some early-morning fires, that they say were intentionally set.

It all happened near the Marathon gas station on Louisiana Street.

Police haven't released many details of the investigation, but we did learn Saturday that one man is believed to have set four vehicle fires near that gas station, and an anonymous employee tells us it all happened as a result of an argument between a clerk and the suspect.

"Between about 5:30 and 6:30 this morning, we had four vehicle fires," said District Fire Chief Tim Krack.

Chief Tim Krack says the suspect started be setting this scooter on fire, behind the Marathon station. From there, Krack says the suspect torched another scooter on North Lafayette, a car on Maryland, and a pick-up truck on Missouri.

"Basically, we feel all the fires are connected," Krack said. "Apparently, he took the gas caps off of some of the vehicles. I guess he tried to use gasoline to start them with, basically."

An employee at the gas station says the suspect started the fires after getting into an argument with the store's clerk.

"Last night at, I think around 3:00 a.m., 3:15 a.m., a guy had a heated argument with a clerk, who was at the register," the employee said. "He jumped through this barricade we have and came in, burned the scooter. Then after that, a few customers came in. They said his scooter was also set on fire. And another lady came in and her car was set on fire too."

Police have not released a description of the suspect in this case, but employees and Chief Krack both say they believe police know who they're looking for.

We have not been able to reach police for further details in this case, but as soon as we do, we will update this story.

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