Arson of totem pole at Malahat Lookout being investigated by Shawnigan Lake RCMP
2021-07-02 13:24 PDT
File # 2021-2062
The Shawnigan Lake RCMP were contacted just after 4a.m. On July 2nd by a motorist who saw that a totem pole at the Malahat lookout was on fire. The Malahat Volunteer Fire Department was already on scene extinguishing the fire when RCMP frontline members arrived.
The quick thinking of the passing motorist likely saved not only the totem pole, but also a forest fire said Shawnigan lake RCMP Detachment Commander Sgt Tim Desaulniers
This was a very dangerous act that could have had far reaching consequences. We will be working with partners along the Malahat for video and dashcam footage in an effort to identify suspect(s)
Evidence from the scene has been seized and Shawnigan Lake RCMP investigators are working with members of the Vancouver Island Forensic identification Section (FIS) in hopes of identifying a suspect.
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Fresh graffiti was also located at the scene, speaking to recent events in Victoria where a statue of James Cook was pulled down and thrown in the Victoria Harbour, based on what was written, we feel the two incidences are related Sgt Desaulniers added.
If you were a witness to this incident and have not already spoken with police, or you have video or other evidence please call the Shawnigan Lake RCMP at 250-743-5514
Sgt. Chris ManseauDivision Media Relations Officer
BC RCMP Communication Services
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