LONG LAKE, Minn. - Fire destroyed two Orono Police squad cars early Friday morning and police suspect the blaze was purposely set.
Orono Police Chief Correy Farniok says officers returning to the station from patrol discovered a police SUV and a Dodge Charger squad car fully engulfed in flames just before 3 a.m.
A search under the vehicles turned up the presence of an accelerant causing police to list the cause of the fire as arson.
Investigators are reviewing the police department's surveillance camera as well as other cameras in the area that may have captured images of the suspects.
At this point there are no suspect descriptions.
Farniok says damage estimates are about $100,000. That figure includes the vehicle along with all the electronics and special equipment installed inside.
"It is unusual to have someone come here and set these intentionally on fire takes a lot of guts to do that," said Orono Police Chief Correy Farniok.
The Chief adds that Orono has enough vehicles in their fleet so this will not disrupt patrol duties. Both vehicles were insured.
The Hennepin County Sheriff's Office Crime Lab is investigating and processing the accelerant found nearby.
It is not the first time the department has been the victim of apparent arson. Orono police were also hit back in June when someone threw a large carp in a squad and set it on fire.
(Copyright 2012 by KARE. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. )