Teenagers Detained for Torched Car

Police detained four teenagers for setting fire to a car in southwest Moscow as the hunt for a serial arsonist suspected of torching numerous automobiles continued Thursday, Interfax reported.

The teenagers broke into the abandoned Volga in the Vnukovo district on Wednesday evening and set fire to waste paper, a police source told Interfax. They fled the scene after they were unable to extinguish the flames, the source said.

The teenagers were subsequently detained, questioned and released, the source told Interfax.

Police are looking for a man suspected of setting fire to a dozen cars in southwest Moscow in the last week. Police sources told Interfax on Wednesday that a total of 17 cars had been damaged.

Mayor Yury Luzhkov told Rossiiskaya Gazeta on Wednesday that he was following the arson attacks closely. "It's a very dangerous thing, if only because an example can be infectious," Luzhkov said.