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New Albany: Alleged arsons in Bevelhymer Park under investigation

The New Albany Police Department and the Plain Township Fire Department are investigating two alleged arsons that occurred last month in Bevelhymer Park, 7950 Bevelhymer Road.

Police said the first fire was set between 4 p.m. May 24 and 10:30 a.m. May 27.

Someone squirted a flammable stain-removal liquid in a crack on the concession stand door, set a sign on fire and stuck the sign in the crack, causing a fire inside the concession stand, according to police reports.

"There was damage to the metal door and moderate damage to the inside of the building. Materials inside the building prevented the spread of the fire, which eventually burned itself out," the report said.

A trash can also was damaged in the incident.

The second fire occurred between 7:58 p.m. and 8:09 p.m. May 30.

A wooden sign, soccer net and dumpster were set on fire and a can of stain-removal liquid again was found at the scene.

The total damage estimate from both events is $3,580.

The park is maintained by New Albany Parks and Recreation.

Deana White, the parks and recreation office manager, said no arsons were reported in the park before this year.

She said the organization is trying to come up with funds to repair the damage, to clean the concession stand and replace the sign and soccer nets.

White said officials do not have final cost estimates.

If the costs are less than the organization's insurance deductible, White said, the organization will not turn the claim in to the insurance company.

Terry Guthrie, Plain Township Fire Department's fire marshal, said he and the police department still are investigating the incident.

In other recent incident reports from the New Albany Police Department:

* Police investigated two more complaints of identity theft from residents in the 4000 block of Vaux Link.

The latest cases involve two residents who reported their Social Security numbers were used to file false tax returns.

Two other Vaux Link residents have filed the same type of report this year.