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PHOENIX (KSAZ) -

Is a serial arsonist is on the loose in Mesa?

At least seven cars at one apartment complex near Dobson and university have been torched in the past two years.

The latest happening just a couple weeks ago.

Neighbors now wonder if their car will go up in flames while they're asleep.
    
Residents of the Village Park Complex in Mesa are scared and frustrated.

At least seven cars so far have been torched, with some residents losing two or three cars to arson.

Police did make an arrest, but neighbors say that suspected arsonist is out of jail, and they believe he has since struck again,.

"After this many times I mean can you imagine your own car burning up in your own driveway twice and no leads," said Mario Reyes.

Mario Reyes says two weeks ago; his car was torched while it was parked in this carport.

This the second time in nearly two years his car was set on fire, in November 2012, five cars in this same carport were torched.

"It's unfortunate I had to go through it twice," he said.

Reyes thinks this second time could've been prevented.

In January, Mesa police arrested 38 year old Philip Tompkins for arson; he lived in the complex.

According to court paperwork, a neighbor saw Tompkins run away from a car that had just been set on fire on new years eve.

Neighbors say he posted bail and believe he's behind this latest fire.

"In this country, you're innocent until proven guilty but if they're prime suspects you'd think that we watching them it won't happen in a sense it's like putting a molester out and putting kids around him it doesn't make sense," he said.

Mario says he parks his car in this spot every day now he's scared if he parks his car here again hell be a victim a third time.

Police say the suspicious car fires are still under investigation. So far, police have not been able to connect the one suspect to all of the car fires.

"After a while you just live with it and wonder, is my car going to be there in the morning," he said.

Reyes says all of the arsons in his complex have taken place between the hours of midnight and 5 a.m.'

He hopes police will set up a camera, or step up patrols in the area and finally catch the person, or people, behind all these care fires.

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