SC police seeking vandal-arsonist

(Courtesy of Santa Cruz Police Department)

SANTA CRUZ — Santa Cruz Police are looking for man thought to be responsible for setting two fires and vandalizing a building at the Tannery Arts Complex in August.

Police and firefighters responded on Aug. 22 at about 4:40 p.m. for a “suspicious” fire in a landscaped area across from the Tannery on the 1100 block of River Street, SCPD spokeswoman Joyce Blaschke said.

When they arrived, firefighters extinguished two small fires within the planted area, which caused minor damage to the ground cover.

While conducting follow-up investigation, detectives were advised of a vandalism that had occurred within the Tannery Arts Center complex at about the same time.


The detectives recovered several security videos from the surrounding area, and confirmed the same unidentified male suspect was responsible for both crimes.

The suspect is described as a male adult with a medium to thin build.

Anyone with information is asked to call Det. Pendleton at 420-5832 or email [email protected] Tipsters can also call the SCPD Investigations Unit at 420-5820. Tips can be left anonymously at 420-5995 or at


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