Police hit a dead end in an arson investigation after finding a charred bicycle on the playground of Springer School on Thursday morning. The bicycle, which was set on fire sometime overnight between June 8 and June 9, did not cause significant damage to the school, police said.
According to Mountain View police spokeswoman Liz Wylie, a school custodian discovered the bike lying in the middle of the school's playground blacktop at about 7 a.m. on June 9. Its front tire was partially melted and its frame was burnt.
The fire department did not respond, as there was no fire to put out, Wylie said.
Police questioned school administration and staff, as well as people who live nearby, but nobody gave officers any significant leads. "We have no idea who did it," Wylie said, adding that the case is "suspended," meaning that police have concluded their investigation.
Wylie said that while no damage was done to the school -- other than some burn marks left on the asphalt where the bike was set on fire -- whoever did this could possibly face arson charges if he or she is ultimately caught.