FBI Chicago
Special Agent Janine Wheeler
(312) 829-1199
February 3, 2016

FBI Increases Reward in Noble Horse Theatre Arson Investigation

The FBI continues to seek information from the public regarding the arson that occurred at the Noble Horse Theatre located on Chicago’s near north side one year ago, announced Michael J. Anderson, Special Agent in Charge of the Chicago Field Office of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). Mr. Anderson also announced the reward being offered for information leading to the arrest of the individual or individuals responsible for this crime is being increased to $10,000.

In the early morning hours of February 6, 2015, the Chicago Fire Department responded to a fire at the Noble Horse Theatre at 1410 North Orleans St. in Chicago. Thirteen horse drawn carriages, worth approximately $130,000, were destroyed in the fire, and significant damage was caused to the building.

Investigation identified the cause of the fire as arson, and graffiti typically associated with the animal rights extremism movement was also discovered. Fires were set in two separate horse carriage storage areas, and the words “Save the Horses” and “Freedom” were spray painted on two interior walls.

Anyone who has information regarding this suspicious fire is strongly encouraged to contact local police or the Chicago Field Office of the FBI at (312) 421-6700.