Castlegar RCMP and the Castlegar Crime Reduction Unit are asking for the public’s help in relation to a suspicious fire that took place at Castlegar Toyota on August 29.
In a press release dated September 4, Castlegar RCMP requested “the public’s assistance in reporting any suspicious activity seen in the area on the night in question.”
“We’re still looking for any information from anyone who has any knowledge about it that might get us some leads,” said Cpl. D.L. Postnikoff, Media Relations Officer for the RCMP Castlegar Detachment.
The incident took place at approximately 10:15 p.m. that evening with the Castlegar Fire Department, Castlegar RCMP and the Castlegar Crime Reduction Unit being sent to the scene.
Upon arrival, investigators discovered a single pick-up truck and accessories in the dealership’s rear parking lot, which had seemingly intentionally been set on fire by persons unknown.
While the Castlegar Fire Department quickly had the fire under control and were able to extinguish the flames, damage is estimated to be around $10,000.
Cpl. Postnikoff reported that the fire caused severe damage to the passenger side, however it is not yet known whether the damage is repairable.
Described as a white pick-up truck with a red snow plow attachment and rear-cab canopy, the vehicle belongs to Castlegar Toyota staff, who use it for their on-site winter maintenance and snow removal.
Anyone who may have been in the area of the dealership, located at 1530 Columbia Avenue, or who may have seen any suspicious persons or activity are being asked to contact the Castlegar RCMP (250)-365-7721 or Crimestoppers 1-800-222-TIPS  with any information.
“We’re still doing follow-up work,” said Cpl. Postnikoff, noting that some details cannot be released due to the ongoing RCMP investigation.