Hamilton Police are asking for the public's help in identifying a wanted man who is said to be in connection with multiple arson incidents throughout the city. Hamilton Police released an official news statement about the incident along with video surveillance of the man that they are looking for in attempts to further their police investigation.
The suspect was seen entering the 7-Eleven Store at 662 Upper Wellington Street shortly after 7:00 AM on January 5. This male suspect was seen entering the store around the same time that the Hamilton Police were called to respond to a dumpster fire at the same 7-Eleven location.
In their news release, Hamilton Police are stating that this man is not only wanted to be questioned about this dumpster fire, but also for a series of other arson cases at schools and businesses around the area.
On the weekend of January 5, Hamilton Police responded to a series of arson cases around the city, including locations at schools and businesses. The police have reasons to believe that this suspect was also connected to these cases.
The surveillance video shows a Caucasian male with blond hair entering the store. He is in a tan winter jacket with a striped grey, black and orange winter hat. He is also seen wearing a brown backpack and a pair of grey sneakers.
Although the Hamilton Police have not specified which arson cases that this suspect is specifically in connection with, there have been multiple cases around the city in the past few months.
The Hamilton Spectator has been reporting on some of the arson cases that have appeared throughout January. On January 3, Ancaster's Rousseau Elementary School's outdoor shed was set on fire in what the police expected was an arson case. The school lost a variety of toys and learning materials for its kindergartener students.
There were also a variety of car fires that were set within Hamilton between January 3 and 6 which police have also concluded have been arson.
Hamilton Police are asking for the help of the public to identify this male. If you have any information that you believe will be helpful to the investigation you can contact Detective Constable Greg Blundson by calling (905)540-5085 or by contacting Detective Sergeant Andrea Torrie at (905)546-2991.
You can also contact anonymously at Crime Stoppers by calling 1-800-222-8477 or by submitting tips online at www.crimstoppershamilton.com