Man charged in arson investigation
2023-05-19 20:03 PDT
File # 2023-17004
A Kamloops man is facing four counts of arson in relation to a series of dumpster fires earlier this week.
On May 15, 2023, around 10:45 p.m., Kamloops Fire Rescue (KFR) and Kamloops RCMP frontline officers attended the alleyway behind the 400-block of Lansdowne Street for a fire in a garbage dumpster. An hour later, more dumpster fires were reported and extinguished in alleyways behind Victoria Street.
The joint-investigation by Kamloops police and Kamloops Fire Rescue included members of our General Investigation Support Team, Targeted Enforcement Unit, and frontline officers, said Superintendent Jeff Pelley, Kamloops RCMP Officer in Charge.
The rapid response of multiple investigative units and KFR resulted in these fires being quickly extinguished, evidence collected, and a suspect identified and arrested, with charges approved by the BC Prosecution Services."
The suspect was arrested Wednesday evening and held in custody. He appeared in court today, Friday May 19, and was remanded.
We are pleased with the quick progression of this investigation that led to a suspect being taken into custody, and are thankful for the collaborative work done by the teams at Kamloops Fire Rescue and the Kamloops RCMP, said Ken Uzeloc, KFR Fire Chief.
Although a suspect has been arrested, it’s important to note that the investigations into other fires throughout the city are still ongoing, Supt. Pelley added. Anyone with information related to them is encouraged to please contact police as soon as possible.
William Aaron Lamb, 22, of Kamloops is charged with four counts of arson. He remains in custody until his next court appearance, scheduled for May 23, 2023.
As the matter is now before the courts, no further information is available for release.
Those with information related to the investigations are asked to please contact the Kamloops RCMP at (250) 828-3000.
Cpl. Crystal EvelynMedia Relations Office
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