UI police investigate arson
CHAMPAIGN — University of Illinois police are seeking the public's help in solving an arson earlier this month.
According to a police report, Champaign firefighters were called to a Dumpster fire in the south parking lot of the Oak Street Library Facility, 809 S. Oak St., about 9 p.m. Feb. 7.
While the initial cause of the fire was listed as undetermined, a University of Illinois police detectives doing a follow-up investigation found a security video showing a person lighting the Dumpster on fire. The alleged arsonist can also be seen parking his vehicle outside the Sailfin Pet Shop, 720 S. Neil St., C.
Police described the alleged arsonist as a white man between 35 and 45 years old with a large build and thinning dark hair trimmed around the sides.
The man was wearing a gray zip-up hooded sweatshirt, dark jeans and either black high top boots or shoes with light colored laces.
The security video may be seen at http://bit.ly/XqFY0Q
Persons with information may call UI police at 333-1216.