Ft. Dodge Police Investigating Suspicious Fire to Police Mobile Speed Radar Unit

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FORT DODGE, Iowa -- Police in Fort Dodge are asking for help from the public after a weekend fire destroyed one of the Police Department's mobile speed camera units.

Saturday night around 11:30 the Fort Dodge Fire Department was called to the car fire on Business 20 East, near Mid-Country Machine. The car was reported as fully engulfed in flames.

“The interior of the car is a total loss, it’s going to have to be replaced," said Police Chief Kevin Doty. “The fire looks like it was suspicious.”

The city has two of the mobile speed units, their other vehicle is still in service in Fort Dodge. The vehicles are contracted through a private company. The police department also budgets around $100,000 in revenue generated from the cars each year.

“We still have people who ask for the cars in their neighborhoods, we feel it does slow down traffic,” said Doty. "There’s people that do not care for them, but it’s real easy to avoid getting a citation from the speed car, slow down.”

Doty said the Police need help from the public.

“Anybody that would have been driving by, saw anybody around that vehicle, or have information about somebody bragging about well I got back at them, give us a call," said Doty.

Doty says the mobile speed units help improve safety, as they do not require an officer to be stationed with the car.

People with information on this fire, can call the Fort Dodge Police Department at 515-573-1424, or 515-573-1426

There is a $1,000 reward for information relating to this incident.

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