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Hillcrest arsonist video released, police ask for public's help

Suspect in Hillcrest arson case caught on camera
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ABC - 10

San Diego police are asking for the public’s help in identifying a man they believe is responsible for the rash of fires that were set in Hillcrest last month.

A surveillance video shows a man dressed in black with a gray hoodie over his head.

He can be seen approaching a dumpster and igniting some sort of incendiary device then tossing it inside.

Uptown Planners board member Tim Gahagan lost several personal items during the arsonists’ spree. His storage shed went up in flames early that morning on March 21, 2016.

There were eight fires reported that day and they occurred in the following locations between 7 am and 8:30 am: :

-- A trashcan fire at Herbert Street and University Avenue.

-- A dumpster fire at 3824 Centre Street that damaged the exterior of the home. 

-- A shed fire at Essex and Herbert streets.

-- Two trash cans set on fire in front of an Ace Hardware store at 1007 University Ave.

-- A dumpster fire and a trashcan fire at the Hub Hillcrest Market shopping center at Vermont Street and University Avenue. 

-- A dumpster fire at 1727 University Ave.

The suspect was described as white, with glasses dark clothing, a gray hood and hiking shoes. 

Anyone with information should call the San Diego Metro Arson Strike Team at 619-236-6815 or Crime Stoppers at 888-580-8477. 

You can watch the video HERE.