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Video released in search for Talmadge arsonist

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Posted at 11:33 AM, Jan 24, 2020
and last updated 2020-01-24 14:33:22-05

SAN DIEGO (CNS and KGTV) - Authorities Friday released a surveillance video and photo of a man who set fire to a clothing alteration business in the Talmadge area, gutting the store and causing an estimated $1 million in damage.

The arsonist rode a bicycle up to the front doors of AA Fashion, 4644 El Cajon Blvd., around 12:30 a.m. on Jan. 12 before setting the business ablaze and riding away, according to San Diego police.

Owner Anne Chan had owned the alterations store for four years. "I came back to work because I love to sew," she told 10News after the devastating fire.

The fire caused an estimated $1 million in damage to the business, which was a total loss, police said.

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The man was last seen wearing a baseball hat, waist-length coast and dark shoes with white soles. He was riding a BMX-style bicycle with a plastic shopping bag hanging from the handle bars.

Anyone with information about the suspect or his whereabouts is asked to call the San Diego Metro Arson Strike Team at 619-236-6815 or Crime Stoppers at 888-580-8477. Tipsters may remain anonymous and could be eligible for a reward of up to $1,000.