Police suspect this man may have torched 2 houses in Varsity

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Here are four screengrabs of the same man, suspected in two northwest Calgary arsons earlier this month and in May. (Calgary Police Service - image credit)
Here are four screengrabs of the same man, suspected in two northwest Calgary arsons earlier this month and in May. (Calgary Police Service - image credit)

Calgary police have released security camera footage Thursday morning of a suspect they believe may be involved in setting two house fires in the northwest community of Varsity in May and June.

On May 18, around 3 a.m., firefighters were dispatched to a home in the 1100 block of Varsity Estates Drive N.W. Home-security video appears to show a man setting fire to a shed in the back of the house, police said at the time.

Then on June 4, another fire was reported about a kilometre away in the 1200 block of Varsity Estates Road N.W., also early in the morning at around 5 a.m.

In both cases, police believe car prowling may have brought the suspect to the area.

Police say the suspect is between 20 and 30 years old, clean-shaven with a light complexion, and he is often wearing a hat and a backpack.

The suspect was caught on a security camera at a 7-Eleven convenience store near the area of the fires.

Police are looking for anything that can help them in the investigation, asking people to call the non-emergency line at 403-266-1234, or anonymously through Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 or online.

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