Police Beat – Aug 7

Arson suspected, police seek witnesses in July 31 blaze

  • Aug. 7, 2013 5:00 a.m.

On July 31, 2013 the Evergreen Mall located at 6660 Sooke Road, Sooke was partially destroyed by fire.

The incident is being investigated by the RCMP Island District General Investigative Services as an arson.

The RCMP is seeking the public’s assistance to help solve this crime. Specifically, the RCMP are interested in identifying two potential witnesses who were seen in the area of the fire during the early morning hours of Tuesday, July 31, 2013.

The first potential witness was observed on Anna Marie Drive in Sooke riding a mountain bike at approximately 4:45 a.m. This individual is described as a 20 to 30-year-old male wearing dark shorts, a dark shirt (which may have white colourings in the shoulder area) and wearing a dark-coloured helmet with face shield.

The second potential witness was observed in the alley behind Western Foods at about 5:15 a.m. This individual is described as a male, wearing “professional looking clothes” including a longer coat. The male was smoking a cigarette while standing beside a vehicle that may have been, or is similar in style to, a Toyota Camry.

The police are looking to speak to these potential witnesses and ask that anyone with any information on this incident call the Sooke RCMP or Crime Stoppers at 1- 800-222-8477 (TIPS).

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