Photo released of suspect in Chase bank fire

The RBC bank in the Shuswap town was the target of an arson attack on Aug. 12, 2018.

Chase RCMP has released photos of the suspect they believe set the RBC bank in Chase ablaze this past August.

Firefighters and Mounties responded to the fire at 746 Shuswap Ave. in the early hours of Aug. 12 and an investigation into the suspicious fire has been ongoing ever since.

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Surveillance video from within the burned building has now been recovered. According to police, it shows a male enter the foyer and purposefully set fire to an ATM.

A photo of the suspect shows him wearing a grey hoodie with the hood covering his head and a red article of clothing covering his mouth and nose. Another shows him pouring contents from what appears to be a red gas can on an ATM machine.

Security cameras in the area previously captured a grey or silver hatchback, similar in style to a newer-model Honda Civic, leaving the area immediately after the fire began at about 3:38 a.m.

Chase RBC bank fire
This vehicle was seen near the RBC bank in Chase at the time of the fire on Aug. 12, 2018.

Emergency crews were called to the bank just after 4 a.m. and found the ATM vestibule fully engulfed in flames.

“Flames were shooting out of the window by the ATM machine,” Chase fire chief Brian Lauzon said, adding firefighters attacked the blaze aggressively and managed to knock it down before it devoured the floor above.

Lauzon said the point of origin was the front entranceway where the automatic teller machine is located.

Chase RCMP would like to speak with the occupants of the vehicle or anyone who may have information regarding the vehicle.

Those with information can call 250-679-3221.

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