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Police looking for public’s help in connection with May 27th arson at Boyle Community Services


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From Edmonton Police Services

Investigators seek public’s assistance in locating person of interest, vehicle, in connection to May 27th fire

For Immediate Release: 31-Jul-2019 @ 2:25 PM
MRU #: AR19R001

The Edmonton Police Service’s Arson Unit is seeking the public’s assistance in locating a person of interest and vehicle in connection to a May 27, 2019 arson in downtown Edmonton.

At approximately 1 a.m. on May 27, 2019, EPS Downtown Division patrol members and Edmonton Fire Rescue Services responded to a fire at the Boyle Street Community Services building located at 10116 105 Ave.

Arson detectives eventually took over the investigation, after the fire was deemed to be intentionally set. Surveillance images obtained by investigators show suspects using an extension ladder to access the roof of the complex.

Investigators have since determined that the suspects poured an accelerant on the roof of the community services building. The suspects then lit the accelerant, causing damage to the roof and wiring.

Thankfully, no one in the building at that time sustained any injuries from the fire.

Investigators are releasing images of a person of interest described as a bald, bearded male with a medium build, who was driving a 1994-2002 maroon-coloured Dodge Ram regular cab truck.

Anyone with information regarding the identity of this person of interest and/or the whereabouts of this Dodge Ram is asked to contact the EPS at 780-423-4567 or #377 from a mobile phone. Anonymous information can also be submitted to Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 or online at



Surveillance Images capture a “person of interest” and a maroon-coloured Dodge Ram pick-up truck outside of the Boyle Street Community

Services building on May 27, 2019. A fire was set on the roof of the building in the early-morning hours on May 27, 2019.  It has since been deemed an arson.

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