Irvine Police Search for Man They Say Is Breaking Wildfire Detection Equipment


Police are asking for the public's help in identifying a man they say has been repeatedly damaging wildfire detection equipment in open spaces in Irvine.

Irvine police on Wednesday posted images on Facebook and Instagram showing a man they said tampered with fire detection devices on at least two different occasions.

“These devices are critical to keeping our community safe,” the statement reads.

Irvine police are searching for a man who allegedly damaged wildfire detection equipment.

(Irvine Police)

Police did not specify when the devices were tampered with, but said fire detection equipment had been damaged and disabled.

The man seen in the images is wearing cargo shorts; In one he rides a black bicycle.

The motive for his alleged actions is unclear. From his clothing, he is a fan of nature: in one of the images, he wears a white shirt with a bear and a text that says “national parks.”

Police are asking anyone with information about the individual to contact police at [email protected].



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