Burnaby RCMP seek witnesses to multiple vehicle arsons over the weekend


2020-10-08 13:19 PDT

File # 20-40027

On Sunday, October 4th, at 7 a.m., Burnaby RCMP responded to a report of two burned vehicles in the area of Beresford Street and Dow Avenue. While at this scene, police were alerted to another fire that was already extinguished approximately 100 metres away. This fire involved a tent that was occupied by two people.

Both individuals suffered minor burns putting the fire out. Burnaby RCMP’s Mental Health and Homelessness Outreach team are working with these individuals to help them secure safe accommodation.

As they continued their investigation, Burnaby RCMP Frontline officers located an additional scene just north of Central Boulevard on Bonsor Avenue. Three vehicles were damaged, including one which was partially burnt. In this instance the suspect’s attempts to fully burn the vehicles were unsuccessful as he was confronted by a witness and fled. After conducting a thorough canvass in this neighbourhood, police have established that this arson occurred at 6:30 a.m.

Today Burnaby RCMP is releasing video showing the site of the vehicle blaze at Beresford Street and Dow Avenue and also a person of interest who can be seen walking by the fire.

Video shows vehicles which have been set on fire.

We are asking for anyone that may have witnessed this incident or has a dash cam and was driving in the area of Beresford Street and Dow Avenue or Central Boulevard and Bonsor Avenue on the morning of Sunday October 4th between 6:15 a.m. and 7 a.m. to please contact us. Also, if you have any information that could assist police in identifying the person of interest in the video above then please contact Burnaby RCMP.

Luckily a member of our community saw that the tent was on fire and alerted the occupants. We are thankful that these two individuals did not suffer serious injuries, says Corporal Mike Kalanj of the Burnaby RCMP. Today, we’re looking for the help of local residents and anyone who was passing through the areas outlined by police in the early hours of Sunday morning, if you have any information or saw anything, please contact us.

If you witnessed this incident or have any information that could assist the investigation, please contact the Burnaby RCMP at 604-646-9999 or if you wish to remain anonymous contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477) or www.solvecrime.ca.

Released by:

Cpl. Michael Kalanj
Media Relations Officer
Burnaby RCMP
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