Police seek arsonist who set clothing business on fire

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SAN DIEGO -- Authorities Friday released a surveillance video and photo of a man who set fire to a clothing alteration business in the Talmadge area.

The arsonist rode a bicycle up to the front doors of AA Fashion along the 4600 block of El Cajon Blvd. around 12:30 a.m. on Jan. 12 before setting the business ablaze and riding away, according to San Diego police.

The fire caused an estimated $1 million in damage to the business, which was destroyed, police said.

The man was last seen wearing a baseball hat, waist-length coast and dark shoes with white soles. He was riding a BMX-style bicycle with a plastic shopping bag hanging from the handle bars.

Anyone with information about the suspect or his whereabouts was asked to call the San Diego Metro Arson Strike Team at 619-236-6815 or Crime Stoppers at 888-580-8477. Tipsters may remain anonymous and could be eligible for a reward of up to $1,000.

Authorities are asking for help in identifying the person pictured above who set fire to a business in the Talmadge neighborhood on Jan. 12. Photo by Crime Stoppers.

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