• Matt Esnayra

Reward grows to $20,000 for info of alleged arsonists who burnt down L.B businesses

Image is a screengrab from a video courtesy of City of Long Beach

A $20,000 reward is being offered by officials, for information leading to the identification and apprehension of a group of individuals who allegedly started numerous fires that destroyed several businesses in Long Beach after the May 31st George Floyd protest.


One of the most publicized businesses that sustained damage on May 31st was the Men’s Suit Outlet, at 655 Pine Ave. The shop was looted before two suspects threw Molotov cocktails inside the store, causing a blazing fire that destroyed the building and the five neighbouring businesses. The estimate the loss due to the fire alone stands at $5.1 million.

  • Police say the same unidentified suspects threw Molotov cocktails and vandalized Pacific Travel Insurance and Income Tax located at 951 Pine Avenue, as well as the Burger King, located at 127 W. 4th St.

  • This investigation is being conducted jointly by the Long Beach Fire Department and A.T.F. Los Angeles Field Division.

  • The City of Long Beach contributed $10,000, and the A.T.F. contributed the initial $10,000.

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