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UPDATE: Kelowna police detain homeless man alleged to have set five fires in two weeks

A screen shot from video surveillance footage of an arson suspect as seen on Sept. 25, 2017, immediately following the commission of the alleged incident in Kelowna.
September 27, 2017 - 4:03 PM

KELOWNA – The man Kelowna RCMP say may have deliberately set five fires in the last two weeks is now in custody.

Charges have not yet been laid but spokesperson Cpl. Jesse O’Donaghey says it was a tip from the public that led them to the suspect.

RCMP released images and a description of the suspect fleeing the alleged arson scene yesterday.

“Not long after police released the suspect images to the media, an employee of a local Kelowna business immediately recognized the male suspect as an individual who frequented their establishment,” O’Donaghey says.

“RCMP officers were tipped earlier this morning and caught up to the suspect who was spotted by the public. He was taken into police custody near the intersection of Gordon Drive and Harvey Avenue.”

A 34-year-old South Okanagan man of no fixed address faces potential charges and remains in police custody.

O’Donaghey said investigators are looking at connections between Monday's fire at the corner of Springfield Road and Burtch Road, two other fires on Sept. 21, and fires set Sept. 19 and Sept. 14.

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