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Minneapolis Police Seek Help in Identifying an Arson Suspect

May 15, 2020 (MINNEAPOLIS) – The Minneapolis Police Department is seeking public help in identifying an arsonist equipped with a flame thrower.

On April 25th, 2020 at approximately 10:30 PM, video surveillance at 179 Irving Ave N shows an unknown person use a hand-held, garden style torch to ignite a bale of packaged, recycled materials.  That fire spread to other bales of recycled material resulting in an estimated $10,000 loss to Pioneer Paper.  Earlier, three white, adult males in their 20’s or early 30’s, one of whom was seen carrying a garden style torch, were observed near 1 ½ Ave N and Oliver Ave N walking in the direction of Pioneer Paper.  Just before 10:30 PM, people are observed in the surveillance video approaching Pioneer Paper from the railroad tracks.

The flame thrower likely used is similar to the wand for a pressure washer or like those pictured in the included link.  The flame thrower may be homemade or a modified garden torch able to throw a significant level of flame.

Minneapolis Police Arson investigators believe that someone may have information related to this crime.  Anyone with information related to this incident is encouraged to call the Minneapolis Arson Desk at 612-673-3070.   Important information may include the identity of an individual known to possess or have access to a flame thrower, the identity of an individual who has talked about their involvement in this incident, or the identity of someone who has shared specific knowledge about this incident.

Information that leads to an arrest and/or prosecution may result in a cash award.

This following link includes surveillance video and still photos of the incident, images of wand type torches that may be like the one used in this incident, and an aerial photo of the area between the 1 ½ Ave N and Oliver Ave N intersection and the address of the incident.

Go# 20-109383

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