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Jamestown police release images of suspect in rash of arsons

Jamestown investigators have released images of a possible suspect in a wave of arsons in the city this year.

There have been 11 separate arsons of vacant and abandoned homes in Jamestown since January, including five between last Friday night and Saturday morning, Jamestown police said.

The surveillance video and still images show a person walking from the rear of 650 E. Sixth St. at about 11:05 p.m. March 24. Several minutes later, the building is engulfed in flames. The person, who is wearing a hooded sweatshirt and appears to have a thin build, walked towards Winsor Street and then up Winsor, police said.

Police believe one suspect is responsible for most of the arsons, but it's possible others also are involved, authorities said.

The suspect seen in surveillance images is described as wearing a hooded sweatshirt and having a thin build. (Photo courtesy Jamestown Police)

Anyone who may have information about the fires is asked to call the Jamestown Police anonymous tip line at 716-483-8477. Tips may also be sent via the Tips 411 app. Information also will be forwarded to Crime Stoppers and tipsters may be eligible for a reward for information that leads to an arrest and conviction. All calls and tips will remain confidential, police said.

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