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Police seek 2 suspects in small fires reported near C.J. Hicks

Police are looking for the males pictured in these surveillance video images who were seen walking in the area of C.J. Hicks Elementary School late Sunday, June 1, where a fire in the dumpster was reportedly started a few minutes later. (Special photos)

Police are looking for the males pictured in these surveillance video images who were seen walking in the area of C.J. Hicks Elementary School late Sunday, June 1, where a fire in the dumpster was reportedly started a few minutes later. (Special photos)

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CONYERS — Police are looking for two suspects believed to have set multiple small fires this week in the area of C.J. Hicks Elementary School and Hunters Pointe.

Conyers Police Department Officer Paul Bernichon responded just after midnight Monday to a fire at Park Place. When he arrived, he found a trash can on fire that was situated close to the home and a nearby bush was starting to catch fire, the incident report states.

“I kicked the can away from the house and was able to extinguish the fire with a neighbor’s water hose,” Bernichon reported.

Just about that time, police and Rockdale Fire and Rescue responded to a small fire at Springmill Cove and a fire in a Dumpster at C.J. Hicks Elementary School.

CPD Officer Kim Lucas said that surveillance footage from the area shows two male suspects walking in front of the Dumpster around 11:30 p.m. About 30 minutes later, one of the suspects is seen walking back toward the Dumpster alone.

Based on the footage, a fire in the Dumpster begins to grow about 18 minutes later.

“The fires didn’t cause much damage, if any, but the concern is that it could have been a lot worse,” Lucas said.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Crime Stoppers at 770 577-TIPS, or online at www.crimestoppersatlanta.org. Tips can be given anonymously.