SURREY — RCMP have released photos of two alleged arson suspects in the fire that destroyed The Hockey Shop in Whalley.
Investigators have obtained surveillance video of a man and woman alleged to be involved in the arson, which happened on the morning of Sept. 23 at 10280 City Parkway.
From the photos, the suspects appear to be a male dressed in all red and carrying a backpack, and a female wearing dark clothing, police said Wednesday (Dec. 13).
“This fire destroyed a prominent business in the Surrey City Centre area,” said Corporal Scotty Schumann, Surrey RCMP spokesperson.
“Although there were no injuries to report, this crime has greatly affected the hockey community here in Surrey and across the Lower Mainland. If you recognize either of these two suspects, investigators want to hear from you right away.”
Anyone with more information is asked to contact Surrey RCMP at 604-599-0502 and quote file #2017-135528. If someone wants to report crime anonymously, contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS or solvecrime.ca.
|Image of fire from video posted to Youtube by user Coouge.|
On the morning of the fire, smoke poured from the rear of the store, closing the nearby Surrey Central SkyTrain station for a few hours. Also, hockey games and other activities had to be cancelled at nearby North Surrey Recreation Centre.
The fire was sparked as thousands of players began the hockey season in Surrey and beyond.
The store was once home to the popular A&B Sound music retail store. The Hockey Shop moved into the space about a decade ago, and has become a go-to retailer for hockey players and parents from around the Lower Mainland.
The store has found a temporary home in the former Best Buy store at Central City Shopping Centre, at the corner of King George Boulevard and Old Yale Road.