Deputy Maricopa County Attorney sees lingering pandemic effects in arson cases

Rose Itzcovitz
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Luke Coyne works in the Maricopa County Attorney’s Office trial division that includes Glendale and Phoenix, and he continues to see how the pandemic has changed the community.

Arson-related cases are on the rise, and “the pandemic has acted as a catalyst, exacerbating underlying mental health and substance use issues that fuel these crimes,” the MCAO stated in a release announcing Coyne has been recognized as Attorney of the Year by the Arizona chapter of the International Association of Arson Investigators.

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