Approximately 30 police trucks were torched by a group of armed arsonists early Tuesday morning, December 8. The newly equipped vehicles were located in a Mazda agency on Via Rapida Poniente and were being prepared for use in the city to bolster cop convoys that prowl the calles looking for criminal activity.

According to a dealership guard (who was bound and held at gunpoint under threat of death during the arson), windows were broken and the interiors of the vehicles were doused with gasoline and set aflame.

An investigator for the Colegio de la Frontera Norte, Vicente Sánchez, said that the destruction of the patrol units was a not-so-veiled threat sent to law-enforcement officers who have taken to patrolling the city in convoys of three and four vehicles in an attempt to protect themselves.

Tirso Liévano Hernández, president of the Colegio de Abogados (lawyers’ college) in Tijuana, believes that the arson was a retort to well-publicized statements made by law-enforcement personnel regarding the direction of their efforts to squelch criminal activity. Hernandez said that such an open declaration challenging criminals will only exacerbate the situation, a situation that he feels is best viewed as a labor of intelligence rather than a lucha libre between cops and criminals.

Sources: Frontera, El Mexicano

Photo: flickr.com/photos/22421801@N00/87533996

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abbeyrd Dec. 10, 2009 @ 6:37 p.m.

Are there that many people out there who really care what happens in nasty Tijuana?

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David Dodd Dec. 10, 2009 @ 7:47 p.m.

There is a large readership here in nasty Tijuana, abbeyrd. Feel free to not be one of them. You should ignore all stories about nasty Tijuana and concentrate on your clean, pristine, perfect world wherever in the hell you live.

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abbeyrd Dec. 10, 2009 @ 9:28 p.m.

refriedgringo, no need to get personal. Honestly, I generally don't read stories about TJ. The editor's catchy headline brought me in. There is no author listed and therefore was not aware of where the story took place until I read it.

Within the last year, there were weeks worth of letters to the editor regarding Tijuana stemming from an article that the Reader published. And it seemed to me that the vast majority of the letter writers had great disdain for the border town.

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David Dodd Dec. 10, 2009 @ 10:11 p.m.

abbeyrd, your comment was personal, I've lived here for coming up on two decades - you called my city nasty. And the vast majority of people with negative comments about Tijuana do not live here, they might have visited once or twice and decided that since it isn't their cup of tea, then there's a nice bandwagon to jump in bad-mouthing Mexico. They are certainly entitled to their opinion, as are you, and I am entitled to a rebuttle and will exercise that entitlement at every opportunity.

Tijuana is firmly tied to San Diego, whether San Diego likes it or not.

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