Two men have been arrested in connection with what Philadelphia police say was a fire set in a police cruiser early Sunday.
Just before 3:30 a.m., 12th District officers saw fire coming from the rear of an unattended patrol car on the 2100 block of South Simpson Street, near the district police station.
According to police, two suspects were found “hiding” on the front porch of a home on that block, with “a strong odor of gasoline” coming from their clothes. Clothing found in a crate matched what was seen in a video of the fire scene that was recovered, police said.
The men were in custody Sunday afternoon. Their identities were not released. Police said they are 31 and 59 years old.
Television footage of the police car showed a badly burned trunk area.