Two burning cars at an apartment comlex at 1540 Ellen Court are likely the work of an arsonist, Merced police said Tuesday.
Police responded to the scene at 3:03 a.m., where they found the cars burning in a carport at the apartment. The cars, a 1986 Buick and a 1989 Acura, were severely damaged in the blaze, police said.
Lt. Bimley West said the crime may have gang overtones, as police have noted a substantial level of gang activity and crimes in the area.
Anyone with information about the crime may contact Sgt. Scott Skinner at (209) 385-4725.