CONCORD, CALIF – Contra Costa County Fire Protection District (Con Fire) today announced its fire investigators made an overnight arrest in multiple car fires set at a dealership and neighboring restaurant in Pittsburg. Pittsburg Police assisted with the investigation and arrest.
Arrested was Jesse Jackson, 37, a resident of Pittsburg, on two counts of PC 451 Arson to Property and one count of PC 1203.2 Probation Violation. The arrest occurred in the 200 block of Atlantic Avenue, Pittsburg.
A Con Fire investigator responded to a vehicle fire in the 2100 block of Railroad Ave. in Pittsburg in the early morning hours of July 6. Arriving on scene he found four vehicles burning– three at a car dealership and one at a nearby Jack in the Box restaurant. Fire crews quickly extinguished the fires.
An immediate investigation produced surveillance video from the restaurant and nearby businesses, which revealed a description of a male suspect. Conducting an area search, the investigator located the subject on Atlantic Avenue, approximately two blocks from the incident, where he was detained, arrested and transported to Martinez Detention Facility.
Con Fire’s Fire Investigation Unit asks residents to help them fight the crime of arson across the county by calling the Arson Tip Line at 1-866-50-ARSON.
They caution residents not to hesitate on information that seems too little or unimportant to matter, adding some of the most valuable tips come from residents who were not aware what they saw was very important to the investigation of an incident.
Residents can leave a recorded message on the tip line about fire-related criminal activity in English or Spanish. Tips can be anonymous, and all tips are treated confidentially. But, investigators sometimes need additional information, so contact information is encouraged.
About Contra Costa County Fire Protection District (Con Fire) — A recognized fire service leader – – Con Fire provides fire and emergency medical services to more than a million people across its 304 square-mile District area, and through mutual aid, in and around the 20 cities and unincorporated communities of Contra Costa County, California. With few exceptions, county emergency ambulance transport services are provided by Con Fire through its unique sub-contractor Alliance model across the District and beyond to include some 520 square miles of the county. In 2020, the District responded to some 75,000 fire and EMS emergencies and dispatched some 95,000 ambulances, providing expert medical care on more than 74,000 ambulance transports. The District, with 26 fire stations and more than 400 employees, is dedicated to preserving life, property, and the environment.