Police Investigating Alleged Arson at Tim Hortons in Burlington


Police say they are investigating a fire that took place in Burlington early Thursday morning. 

Police suspect an arson took place at a downtown Tim Hortons shortly before 2:30 a.m. at Brant Street and Victoria Avenue.

The fire, which originated in an exterior garbage can, was extinguished but not before causing damage to the front of the building and smoke damage inside, estimated at $250,000.

The investigation revealed that at approximately 1:47 a.m., two suspects attended the front of the Tim Horton’s which was closed at the time.  

One of the suspects (suspect #2) was observed on video surveillance tampering with the garbage can briefly before both continued to walk away.  

Within minutes, a large volume of smoke could be seen coming out of the same garbage bin and continued to burn and spread until eventually it was noticed by a passerby who then called 911.

Police have released some suspect photos:

Here are the suspect descriptions.

Suspect 1: wearing black hooded coat (hood pulled up obscuring features) light blue jeans, dark coloured shoes

Suspect 2: male, white, black coat, light blue jeans, short dark hair, dark coloured shoes, walking with cane in left hand.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Detective Constable Jacques Brunelle of the Burlington Criminal Investigations Bureau at 905-825-4747 ext. 2334. Tips can also be submitted to Crime Stoppers “See something, Hear something, Say something” at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS), through the web at www.haltoncrimestoppers.ca, or by texting “Tip201” with your message to 274637 (crimes).

Photos courtesy of Halton Regional Police

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