Marblehead Police asking for public’s help to identify arson suspect

Marblehead public safety officials are seeking the public’s assistance in identifying an arson suspect in “an ongoing investigation.”

On Tuesday, Marblehead police put out an advisory with a video identifying “what appears to be a light skinned male, medium build, with shoulder length hair, wearing glasses, and headphones” walking onto a residential construction site where police later responded to a fire in the early morning Monday.

“At approximately 1 a.m. on Monday, Marblehead Police responded to an alarm call to a residential construction project site,” the Marblehead Police Department writes. “Within minutes of arriving, officers located and extinguished a fire on the property. Marblehead Police are seeking assistance in identifying a person of interest.”

In August, crews responded to a suspicious fire at the Transfer Station. Fire Chief Jason Gilliland said he believed that fire was set, because it had already spread to multiple piles of yard wasete by the time firefighters arrived on the sccene.

Authorities believe the Transfer Station fire in August was set.

“I just find it hard to believe it went from this pile, to that pile, to that pile,” Gilliland said at the time. “Usually, they start inside the pile, not outside the pile.”

The Transfer Station fire, which cost $65,000 to clean up, is being investigated by Marblehead Police Sgt. Sean Brady and Capt. Eric Ridge.

Anyone with information about the latest case should contact the Marblehead Police Department at 781-631-1212 and ask for Det. Brady who is also leading this investigation.

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