TOOELE CITY, Utah (ABC4 Utah) Tooele City Police are asking for the public’s help in a couple of ongoing arson investigations.
Tooele City police officers responded to a grass fire in the area of 70 West Drysdale around 3 a.m. Wednesday. Utility boxes in the field were damaged during the fire, along with a small area in the field itself. About an hour later, officers were called back to the same area for a second fire, similar in size to the first. This time an alert citizen noticed suspicious activity in the area and immediately notified police.
Bryce Lloyd, 23, of Tooele, was arrested in connection with the early-morning fires. Lloyd was booked into the Tooele County Jail on the charge of aggravated arson.
Detectives have been investigating several suspicious fires throughout the 2017 summer. Arrests have not been made in these cases, but they are asking for the public’s help with more information.
Anyone with information is asked to contact Tooele City Police Department Investigations Division at 435-882-8900.
- Overlake Elementary School: On June 1, police were called to Overlake Elementary School (2052 N 170 W) for reports that the school playground was on fire. The damage to the playground was extensive and the equipment had to be replaced. Witnesses reported seeing a gray pickup leaving the area with several occupants in the vehicle.
Peterson Industrial Depot: On August 21, police were called to Peterson Industrial Depot (545 N Lodestone Way) for reports of a small grass fire. While en-route, officers were advised that a second fire had been reported. While on scene, a third fire was reported in the same area. During investigation, detectives learned of video surveillance in the area and obtained footage showing a gray pickup in the area at the time of ignition. This pickup is further described as a newer-model, four-door Chevrolet Silverado, gray in color, with a sliding rear window.
Investigators have not linked this morning’s arrest to the Overlake or Peterson fires. Police are still investigating the potential that the cases may be related.
Officers would like to remind the public that they should report suspicious activity in their communities. Suspicious activity can be reported to the Tooele County Dispatch at 435-882-5600.