Outer Gulf Island RCMP says a suspect has been identified in a break-and-enter and arson at a Pender Island business.

The female suspect was identified after police released a photo of her was released last week.

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 had boarded a BC Ferries vessel from Swartz Bay to Pender Island between 6:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. on October 8th, a day before the blaze.

Victoria Buzz reached out to RCMP for more details, however, no other details were available at the time of this publication.

It’s unclear where the suspect resided or if they’ve been arrested yet.

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