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San Diego Crime Stoppers: Man sets 2 businesses on fire in Shelter Island

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Posted at 11:38 AM, Mar 16, 2022
and last updated 2022-03-16 14:38:07-04

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) — San Diego Crime Stoppers have released images and surveillance video to the public in hopes of getting the name of a man who started a fire that damaged two buildings in the Shelter Island neighborhood in early January.

The fire happened on Sunday, January 2 around 4:37 p.m. in the 2800 block of Shelter Island Drive.

In the surveillance video, the man can be seen approaching the outside of a building on a bike and digging through a pile of junk. Shortly after his departure from the scene, a fire starts in a brown paper bag that he placed on top of the pile.

Detectives say as the fire spread, it burned two different buildings and cost $3,500 in damages.

The arsonist is described by authorities as having dirty blonde hair, clean-shaven, wearing a blue sweatshirt, gray shorts, sunglasses, and black and white-colored shoes. He was also riding a yellow and gold colored beach cruiser bicycle.

Anyone with information about this suspect is asked to call the Metro Arson Strike Team at (619) 236-6240 or the Crime Stoppers anonymous tip line at (888) 580-8477.

Crime Stoppers is offering up to a $1,000 reward to anyone with information that leads to an arrest in this case. Visit our website at to learn how to submit an anonymous web or mobile app tip.