Morris County Park equipment and land off Garnet Drive in Jefferson Township was "deliberately" set fire sometime between September 30th and October 5th according to Sheriff James M. Gannon from a Thursday release.
Morris County Parks Police are seeking public assistance in identifying the suspect or suspects responsible for this crime. The Morris County Sheriff's CrimeStoppers is offering a one thousand dollar reward for information leading to the arrest of the suspect(s) responsible.
Those with information are urged to contact The Morris County Sheriff’s CrimeStoppers at copcall.org, 973-COP-CALL, or use the free “P3 Tips” app on any mobile device. (Fair warning about that app, with 61 reviews it has a rating of 2.7/5, the government has never been good with technology so just use the phone). "You will remain anonymous" and no one will ask for your name or information, according to Crimestoppers' site.
This particular crime is currently featured on Morris County Sheriff's Crimstoppers' website as the "Crime of the Week."
The crime is certainly worrisome, but the uncertainty of the Morris Couty Park Police is perhaps most worrisome of all. "Between September 30 and October 5, 2021" is a long stretch of days to be unaware of a fire. One can only assume the fire's damage was found after it had already burned itself out. Thankfully, the damage was minor, and the discovery was one of charred wood and not roaring flames.
More questions arise in the release of this information than answers. To what extent was their damage? If the damage was substantial enough to warrant a monetary reward, why can't anyone say what day the damage took place? The fact that the police don't know maybe more concerning than the crime in this instance.
Regardless, contact The Morris County's Crimestoppers if you have any information on this crime that happened either last month or the beginning of this month, who knows.