Car fire arson, targeted

RCMP believe an arsonist targeted a vehicle destroyed by fire early Monday in Rutland.

Police and fire investigators have determined the fire was deliberately set.

The determination only confirms what the owner of the Mini Cooper suspected.

In a post on Facebook, she said her husband has been extremely outspoken against the "wet" supportive housing project planned for McCurdy Road.

She infers the arson, along with vandalism at MLA Norm Letnick's office and to another vehicle belonging to another opponent of the project, was in direct retaliation.

"Luckily, no one was hurt – it’s just a car, but after finding out today that these other areas/people were hit 24 hours later, it worries me," she wrote.

"So, do we shut up and let these people take our neighbourhood, which I am sure is what they want, or continue voicing our opinions? I say voice your opinions, but be careful how much information is out there about where you live/work. Let’s hope this is the only thing that gets destroyed."

Kelowna RCMP Cpl. Jesse O'Donaghey says police have reviewed CCTV cameras in the area and have identified a suspect.

The unidentified suspect is described as about six feet tall and heavy set. He was seen wearing a light-coloured hoodie, light-coloured pants and dark running shoes.

Anyone with any information is asked to contact Kelowna RCMP at 250-762-3300 or CrimeStoppers at 1-800-222-8477 or www.crimestoppers.net.

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