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Sheriff's vehicle set on fire near Vernon courthouse

RCMP Spokesperson Gord Molendyk
June 13, 2014 - 10:36 AM

VERNON - A B.C. Sheriffs car is the latest victim in a series of suspected arsons.

RCMP spokesperson Gord Molendyk says the vehicle was parked on 27 Street near the Vernon Courthouse. The RCMP was alerted to the fire around 10:40 p.m. June 12.

“When the police attended they noticed a small fire burning beneath the rear bumper of one of the vehicles. Our officers were able to extinguish the fire before any major damage was done to the vehicle. It appears that a bag of garbage was placed under the bumper and it was set on fire,” Molendyk says.

Witnesses said a man wearing a grey hoody and black hat was seen riding a bike away from the courthouse shortly after the fire was discovered.

This is the sixteenth suspicious fire authorities have responded to in the last five weeks.

Police have dedicated a number of resources to finding the culprit, or culprits before there’s a serious tragedy.

As the alleged arsons have so far appeared to be crimes of opportunity, residents and businesses are being advised not to leave garbage and recycling out longer than absolutely necessary.

To contact the reporter for this story, email Charlotte Helston at chelston@infotelnews.ca or call 250-309-5230. To contact the editor, email mjones@infotelnews.ca or call 250-718-2724

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