Search on for trash can arsonist

There's a trash can arsonist on the loose in Gwinnett County.

Investigators said Wednesday they believe 20 fires have been set in 90-gallon trash bins since August in the Lawrenceville and Dacula area, according to Lt. Eric Eberly with the Gwinnett County fire department. The last fire was set Dec. 22, Eberly said.

The fires have been similar in nature, happening during the early morning hours when it's still dark outside, Eberly said. The fires, all in the area of New Hope Road, Gracebrook Drive, and Luke Edwards Road, have been set after residents have moved the trash bins near the roadway for weekly pickup.

“We need the public’s help to apprehend the person or persons who are perpetrating these fires before they move on to more expensive targets or they get someone injured," Eberly said.

No one has been injured in the fires and there have been no reports of structure damage, Eberly said.

Those responsible for the fires could face multiple charges of third-degree arson and criminal damage to property, crimes which could amount to several years in prison and fines, Eberly said.

Anyone with information is asked to please contact the Gwinnett Fire Arson and Explosives Section at 678-518-4890 or the Georgia Arson Hot Line at 1-800-282-5804.