Police ID suspect in arson investigation

Chris Clegg
Richard Froese
South Peace News

High Prairie RCMP have identified a suspect in relation to the burning of two buildings in High Prairie last August and want the public’s help in locating him.

RCMP Sgt. George Cameron says in a news release Jan. 31 that police are looking for Christopher Trindle, 32, of no fixed address.

“High Prairie RCMP have identified a suspect stemming from an arson investigation in August 2017 and have obtained a warrant for the arrest of [Trindle],” writes Cameron.

Trindle is described as Aboriginal, 5’ 9” tall, 160 pounds, with black hair and brown eyes.

Police note there is no risk to public safety.

Two downtown High Prairie businesses and two vehicles were burned the night of Aug. 14 or early Aug. 15.

Emergency services were called to a fire first at the Collett Building, then to the Pin Cushion Boutique, both located on 49 Street.

The High Prairie Volunteer Fire Department initially responded to a fire at the Collett Building shortly after 3 a.m., said acting fire chief Dan Gillmor.

“A truck on the south side of the building was on fire and ignited the building,” said Gillmor, who reports the fire started in the vehicle.

Damage was contained to the south side of the building.

While the truck was destroyed, a small car received some damage.

The Collett Building was the home to Angel Business Services, Northern Alberta Fetal Alcohol and PACE Community Support Sexual Assault and Trauma Centre.

Collett Building owner John Middelkoop says half of the building was extremely damaged while his 2010 Dodge truck was totaled.

About 20 minutes after the first incident, crews were called to a fire in an alley south of The Pin Cushion Boutique.

“We had a vehicle on fire threatening the building,” Gillmor said.

“Fire was contained to the vehicle and an outside wall, while the car was destroyed.”

Tenants in apartments above the Pin Cushion Boutique were evacuated.

Police called both fires suspicious.

If you know the location of Trindle, please contact High Prairie RCMP at [780] 523-3370. If you wish to remain anonymous, you can contact Crime Stoppers at [1-800] 222-8477 [TIPS].


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