Hassett Title Company offering $25K reward in firebombing case2 min read
Hassett Title Company is offering a $25,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of an arsonist who firebombed the downtown Monroe office last week.
Additionally, Crime Stoppers of Michigan is offering a second reward of up to $1,000 for that information.
Hassett was the target of a person who used a rock to break the front window of the business at 33 E. Front St., then firebombed the interior, causing extensive damage to the office and smoke damage to apartments on the second floor.
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Bill Hassett, owner of the title insurance agency that was founded in 1988, said he remains open and is in the process of moving to a temporary office down the street.
Employees already began moving operations to the second floor of the Landmark Building at 23 E. Front Street. The business remains open and its phone number is (734) 242-9393.
The firebombing incident occurred around 6:30 a.m. on March 22. A passerby noticed the fire inside the building and contacted authorities. The apartments were evacuated. Hassett said it could take six months for the repairs to be completed.
One week earlier, Monroe police said a male put an envelope in the door claiming contents of the envelope was harmful. It also stated there was bomb inside the building. Those threats were investigated with the FBI and it was determined that the contents of the envelope did not contain a harmful substance and there were no explosive devices inside the office.
The Monroe Police Department is continuing the investigation. Anyone with information pertaining to the incidents is asked to contact the Detective Michael Merkle at (734) 243-7517.
Crime Stoppers is offering a reward of up to $1,000 for information leading to the arrests of those who were involved in these incidents. Callers can remain anonymous. Tips can be made by calling 1-800-SPEAK-UP (1-800-773-2587).
This article originally appeared on The Monroe News: Hassett Title Company offering $25K reward in firebombing case