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Two vehicle arson cases under investigation in Newton County

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Two vehicle arson cases are currently under investigation in Newton County.

Both occurred within a couple weeks of each other, and in the same neighborhood south of Neosho.

Authorities say an unused truck stored at Southside Apartments burned overnight, but they did not receive a call until 7: 30 Wednesday morning.

Resident Ashley Raby says the incident is very similar to how her roommate's truck was burned on April 17, just a block away.

"Both of them were trying to get their trucks up and running, and now there's no point," Raby said.

At both locations, nearby structures were undamaged.

Authorities say whether the two incidents are connected is still under investigation at this time.

"There is a good possibility that somebody set both vehicles on fire," said Sheriff Ken Copeland, Newton County. "Right now, there is no way to prove that."

While it has not been confirmed, Raby says she is taking extra precautions.

"I actually just went and bought a security system for my home," she said.

Officials say they do not believe there is any immediate threat to residents.

"I don't think there's any reason for those particular residents to be afraid or anything," Copeland said. "I don't think anyone is being targeted out there. No matter where you live, I think you should be conscious of your surroundings."

As officials continue to look for any witnesses or further information on the incidents, Raby says she is hopeful no additional fires will occur.

"Either A, it will stop, or they'll get caught," Raby said.

Authorities say there have been just a few other reports out of the neighborhood in recent weeks, including one report of tire slashing, an incident of child abuse harassment, and some threat reports.

However, officials say, on average, they're receiving the same amount of calls from the neighborhood as any other area in Neosho. 
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