East Vancouver arson suspect caught on video
An East Vancouver arson suspect has been caught on video and Vancouver police are releasing images to the public in the hopes of identifying the person responsible.
The arson caused more than $100,000 in damage.
WATCH: Vancouver police have released video of a potential arson suspect. Sarah MacDonald reports.
Police say just after 3 p.m. on Aug. 21, the suspect can be seen in the video walking in the east lane of Nanaimo Street at Copley Street.
He can be seen bending down, putting his hand into a dry hedge behind a home and walking away down the lane.
Moments later, the hedge erupts into flames.
Vancouver Fire and Rescue Services responded to the fire and put out the blaze but it destroyed a hedge, two garages with vehicles inside and a utility pole.
No one was injured.
“Setting a fire, in a residential neighborhood in the height of such a dry summer, was reckless and dangerous,” says Sgt. Jason Robillard in a release. “We are eager to identify this suspect as soon as possible.”
The suspect is described as an Aboriginal man, in his late 20s to early 30s. He has a slim build and is about five-feet-10-inches tall. The suspect has a tattoo on the left side of his neck and may have tattoos on his arms.
Anyone with information about this arson is asked to call investigators at 604-717-2541 or Crime Stoppers anonymously at 1-800-222-8477. Police are asking the public to call 9-1-1 if they notice any suspicious activity.
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