Calgary police seek public's help to ID suspect in fires set April 2 in Highwood Park

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Police are asking for the public's help in identifying a suspect who may have set three fires on the morning of April 2 in northwest Calgary. (Calgary Police Service - image credit)
Police are asking for the public's help in identifying a suspect who may have set three fires on the morning of April 2 in northwest Calgary. (Calgary Police Service - image credit)

Calgary police are investigating a string of fires set in the Highland Park area of Calgary on the morning of April 2, which they believe are connected.

The first fire was set in the 3800 block of First Street N.W., at a home slated for demolition. The Calgary Fire Department arrived at 6:45 a.m. to the fire, which burned down the detached garage and also damaged the garage next door.

The next fire, around 8:30 a.m., was set in the back of a truck parked in the 100 block of 43rd Avenue N.W. The truck was a white 2007 Ford F-150 with Alberta licence plate BKW 7548.

The third fire was in the same back lane as the truck fire, one block west — and this time, the suspect was recorded on a security camera.

Surveillance footage from the back lane shows a man walking along and stopping to light a small fire in a wood bin. The location is the 100 block of 44th Avenue N.W. That fire burned a large tree in the home's backyard as well as a nearby garbage bin.

The suspect is described as between 50 and 60 years old, with a grey beard and average build, wearing a black-and-red baseball cap, blue jeans and a black jacket over a grey hoodie.

He was carrying a large plastic bag and a maroon-and-white backpack.

Police are asking anyone with information about these incidents to contact them at 403-266-1234 or share a tip anonymously through Crime Stoppers.