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Trio of arsons in Crofton believed to be linked, police say

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A series of three early-morning arsons in Crofton are believed to be linked, the RCMP said Friday.

And Mounties are seeking public help in finding the firebug.

Tuesday, Nov. 6 at about 12:40 a.m. saw a BC Ferry terminal storage shed, a garbage can and a recycling bin set on fire on the Crofton dock, Cpl. Jon Stuart of the North Cowichan/Duncan detachment says in a release.

"Video surveillance shows a suspect arriving on a bicycle.

"He's described as a white male, 20 to 30 years old, medium build, five-foot eight to 10 inches."

The suspect was wearing a dark jacket, a toque with a white band, black pants with white stripes on the legs, and a dark back pack.

He was riding a dark-colour mountain bike that had front shocks with white labels.

On Thursday, Nov. 8 at about 1:30 a.m., a window of a residence was smashed in an apartment complex in the 8200 block of Crofton Road, Stuart continued.

"A police officer was on scene investigating that when it was discovered a motor home parked in front was on fire.

"A Ford motor home was destroyed by fire, believed to be suspicious due to the recent damage, and as there was no ready source of ignition on at the time."

The vehicle beside it was also destroyed.

"A police service dog was called, but was unable to track a suspect."

Fire three was reported Thursday at 6:30 p.m.

"Sometime overnight (Nov. 7-8) in the 8000 block of Dyke Road in Crofton, a boat inside a cedar shelter was set on fire," Stuart says.

"Fortunately the damage was limited to the boat."

The RCMP urge folks to be aware of Crofton's series of arsons, and keep eyes peeled for suspicious activity that can be reported by calling 9-1-1.

If you know of the identity of the suspect, or the description matches someone you know, contact the RCMP at 250-748-5522, or Crimestoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477), he says.

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