RCMP have released a surveillance photo of a woman accused of starting a fire at a Home Hardware on Pender Island.

Outer Gulf Islands RCMP released the photo with hopes the public can help identify her.

On Sunday, October 9th, just before 5 a.m., police were called out to assist the Pender Island fire department at the local Home Hardware.

Investigation determined there had been a break and enter to the business along with an arson to lumber storage area, causing approximately $10,000 in damages, police said.

Video surveillance footage from the business shows the suspect breaking into the business, then starting a fire in the lumber area.

Investigators determined the suspect got on the ferry from Swartz Bay to Pender Island between 6:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. on October 8th.

The suspect is described as the following Caucasian woman with short brown hair. At the time of the incident, she was wearing a white sweater, long black pants, and had a black backpack.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the Outer Gulf Islands RCMP at 250-629-6171.

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