Suspect arrested in relation to two fires (Home Depot & Cedar Hill Rd)

On April 9, 2016 at 11:30am Saanich Police and Saanich Fire attended the Home Depot in the 3900 Block of Shelbourne St for a report of a fire inside the store.  The store was evacuated and it was later determined the fire had been intentionally set. 

On May 22, 2016 at 8:30pm Saanich Police received several 911 calls about a large structure fire in the 4000 block of Cedar Hill Rd.  A townhouse complex that was under construction was completely destroyed.  Occupants from an adjacent townhouse complex were evacuated and no one was seriously injured.  Numerous people from the neighbourhood were displaced from their homes. 

Saanich Police Major Crime Detectives have been working very hard to solve these crimes.  Investigators have spoken to witnesses, reviewed many hours of video surveillance, interviewed people and have searched for evidence at both the scenes.  Police Investigators have also worked closely with the Saanich Fire Department during these investigations. 

On Wednesday June 8, 2016 Saanich Police arrested a 57 year old Saanich man.  This man is known to Police and Police are recommending two charges of Arson to Endanger Life. 

“These fires caused a significant amount of damage and fortunately no one was injured.”  A/Sgt. Jereme Leslie said.  “We are pleased to announce that an arrest has been made and would like to thank the public for their support and understanding during these investigations.”

The suspect has been held for court and will be appearing on Thursday June 9, 2016. 

A/Sgt. Jereme Leslie

16-07672 & 16-11250

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