Reward offered for northwestern B.C. arson

Someone set fire to the Kispiox band's gas bar on March 27

  • Jul. 15, 2014 3:00 p.m.

On July 7, 2014 the Kispiox Band Council authorized a cash reward of up to $2000.00 for information leading to the arrest and conviction, after the appeal period of 30 days, of the person or persons responsible for the arson at its gas bar on March 27.

A photograph of a possible suspect is being extracted from the video surveillance hard drive and will be available for viewing on the RCMP website once it is processed, the RCMP said in a statement.

But the police force also made clear that the Kispiox band’s reward is a private matter.

“Please understand that this is a private reward and that the RCMP has no participation in the selection of reward recipients and the decision to pay all or part of the reward,” said the force in the release.

“Should a dispute or civil litigation arise, neither the Government of Canada nor individual RCMP members will be defendants in the claim as the reward offer and decision to pay are not RCMP actions.”

But the RCMP is encouraging people with infornation to come forward.

“If you have information about this suspicious fire and wish to claim the reward, please contact the Kispiox Band Council at (250) 842-5248,” said the release.

If you wish to remain anonymous, please contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS) and you could receive up to a $2000.00 cash reward.

The fire appeared to have been started on the outside north side of the building where a pile of wood had been placed.

The gas pumps were not affected by the fire but the building and all contents were destroyed, said RCMP Corporal Wenda Leask at the time of the fire.