ATF, KCPD search for arsonist

Police are searching for a man suspected of arson in Northeast Kansas City as part of Operation Legend.

The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) and the Kansas City, Mo. Police Department (KCPD) Bomb and Arson Unit are offering a reward of up to $2,500 for information leading to the identification and arrest of the suspect.

On August 15 at approximately 11:25 p.m., the person in the photo provided is believed to have set a fire that destroyed a semi truck and trailer at Shield Storage, 1226 Chestnut Ave., causing several thousands of dollars in damage. 

This case, as well as several additional unsolved arsons and suspicious fires, are being investigated by ATF Fire Investigators and the KCPD Bomb and Arson Unit as part of Operation Legend.

Using fire in a criminal act to destroy property, cover up another crime or intimidate or harm others is an extraordinarily violent act.  Intentionally set fires not only put property at risk, they risk the lives of those in the fire’s path as well as the lives of the firefighters respond to the scene.   Anyone with information is asked to call the Crime Stoppers Tips Hotline at 816-474-TIPS or contact the ATF at 1-888-ATF-TIPS or by texting ATFKC to 63975.

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