Police need help to identify arsonist


2017-09-26 11:41 PDT

File # 2017-58164

RCMP are seeking the public’s assistance to help identify a suspect who’s image was captured on CCTV, moments after he allegedly lit a fire late Monday morning in Kelowna.

Video surveillance footage screen shot of arson suspect as seen on September 25, immediately following the commission of the alleged arson incident;

On September 25, 2017 at 11 am, the Kelowna RCMP received several calls from the public, each to report witnessing a male allegedly igniting a fire at the corner of Springfield Road and Burtch Road in Kelowna. The suspect reportedly fled east along Springfield Road, until he cut through a business parking lot on the south side of the roadway and into an adjacent orchard.

The arson suspect was described to police as a Caucasian male, approximately 5 feet 7 inches tall and 180 lbs, with brown hair and a brown goatee. He was seen wearing a grey hoodie, dark coloured pants, dark running shoes and sunglasses while carrying a stick.

GIS investigators believe the nuisance fire may be related to a handful of other fires of a similar nature reported during the past couple weeks in Kelowna:

Anyone with any information on any of the above arsons is asked to contact the Cst. Kevin Hamilton of the Kelowna RCMP General Investigations Section (GIS) at 250-470-6302. Or remain anonymous by calling Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477, leaving a tip online at www.crimestoppers.net or by texting your tip to CRIMES (274637) ktown.

Released by

Cpl. Jesse O'Donaghey

Media Relations Officer
Kelowna RCMP
1190 Richter Street, Kelowna, B.C. V1Y 2K7
Office: (250) 762-3300
Fax: (250) 470-6348

Email: jesse.odonaghey@rcmp-grc.gc.ca

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