The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and the Roseville Fire Department are offering a reward of up to $5,000 for information regarding an arson against a Michigan Department of Corrections office on 12 Mile Road in 2017.

The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and the Roseville Fire Department are offering a reward of up to $5,000 for information regarding an arson against a Michigan Department of Corrections office on 12 Mile Road in 2017.

Photo provided by Ronnie Dahl


Authorities offer reward in Roseville parole office arson

By: Brendan Losinski | Roseville - Eastpointe Eastsider | Published October 16, 2018

 Much of the Michigan Department of Corrections parole office in Roseville was destroyed when an arsonist tossed a Molotov cocktail into the building during the overnight hours of May 3, 2017.

Much of the Michigan Department of Corrections parole office in Roseville was destroyed when an arsonist tossed a Molotov cocktail into the building during the overnight hours of May 3, 2017.

Photo provided by Ronnie Dahl

ROSEVILLE — The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, in conjunction with the Roseville Fire Department, has announced a reward of up to $5,000 for information about an arson in Macomb County.

ATF officials said the fire occurred May 3, 2017, at the Michigan Department of Corrections office located on 12 Mile Road, west of Groesbeck Highway in Roseville.

Upon arrival, firefighters discovered smoke and flames on the southeast side of the building. An investigation determined that the fire was intentionally set in the clerical area of the office, causing an estimated $1.3 million in damages.

“Sometime in the overnight hours, an unknown individual going down 12 Mile Road tossed a Molotov cocktail into the parole offices in what looks like an attempt to ignite the offices,” said Roseville Police Chief James Berlin. “Fortunately, it happened in the overnight hours, so no one was inside the building at the time, and no one was injured.” 

An investigation has determined that gasoline was used by the arsonist to damage the office.

“The ATF investigates more fires than most people realize. Local departments will request our assistance. Our task force has an arson investigator and an arson-specialized dog who were at the scene,” explained Ronnie Dahl, a spokesperson for the ATF. “The dollar amount of damage was so high, and investigators did their due diligence, so this was the logical next step in the investigation. ... There was no security video of the incident, and we were hoping more information would come out in the course of the investigation, so we thought turning to a reward would help.”

Authorities encourage people to report anything they may know for the sake of public safety. Berlin said people can report crimes anonymously to Crime Stoppers while still receiving a reward, if they provide a tip that leads to an arrest.

“We are asking the public’s help to provide any information they may have on the matter to help us bring this person to justice,” said Berlin. “We do work with Crime Stoppers, which can be reached at 1-800-SPEAK-UP if people wish to report information anonymously.”

Anyone with information can also call the ATF’s hotline at (888) ATF-TIPS, email the ATF at ATFTips@atf.gov or contact the ATF through its website, atf.gov/contact/atftips.

“We really just need the public’s help, if anyone has seen anything or knows anything,” said Dahl. “At the end of the day, this was our tax dollars that were destroyed, so it impacts us all as a community.”