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Police release video of suspected arsonist

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San Francisco Arson Suspect
San Francisco police are looking for this man in connection with a string of fires along Market Street and in the South of Market area. (SFPD via BCN)

San Francisco police are seeking the public’s help in identifying a arson suspect they believe is responsible for a string of downtown fires, including one at Market and Larkin early Tuesday morning.

At least one suspect and possibly others are responsible for a series of arsons in the city’s South of Market neighborhood since earlier this month, a police spokeswoman said Tuesday.

Since about June 17, there have been several fires at construction sites, occupied buildings and garbage receptacles along Market Street and in the South of Market area, police spokeswoman Sgt. Danielle Newman said.

Police crews responded to the most recent incident earlier this morning at 1:47 a.m. and found a garbage can on fire. Fire crews were called to the scene and quickly extinguished the blaze.

Police have released three photos of a man believed to be responsible for the fires. In one of the photos, he is seen wearing a tan shirt and a black San Francisco Giants baseball cap. In another, the same man is wearing a blue- and green-checkered shirt.

Video of the suspect is available online at http://www.sf-police.org/index.aspx?page=3763&recordid=939.

Anyone with information about the suspect is asked to call San Francisco police Inspector John Miller at (415) 920-2944. People can also send an anonymous text to TIP411 with “SFPD” in the subject line or call an anonymous tip line at (415) 575-4444.

— Sasha Lekach, Bay City News

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