JOPLIN, MO.--- It's a double digit drop in arson reports for Joplin. Joplin police took just a dozen reports last year. That compares to 23 cases in 2012, a drop of nearly 50%. Topping the list are a couple of high profile attempts to burn down Planned Parenthood last October, but other instances involved homes, vehicles and even trash dumpsters. Joplin Police Chief Lane Roberts says arson often involves a string of related crimes.
"It generally is driven by a single individual or maybe one or two individuals. Those sprees where we see those happening, they tend to happen in clusters," said Lane Roberts, Joplin Police Chief.
Arson reports were most likely to take place late at night, often between ten and midnight.
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