Investigators looking to identify person of interest, in Middlesex arson

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Vermont State Police say they’re looking for a person of interest connected to an arson last week in Middlesex.

The fire occurred July 16th, at a home on Garand Hill.

At the time, investigators say someone spread accelerant on the garage floor and other items, then lit them on fire.  The homeowner was able to put it out, nobody was hurt.

Police think someone went into the garage through open bay doors.

On Wednesday, police said they were following up on a potential lead.

On the date and time of the arson, a man was seen walking on Terrace Street in Montpelier towards Middlesex and East Hill Road.  After 10am, the same man was seen walking back toward Montpelier while firefighters were on their way to Garand Hill Road.

Police say the man was picked up by a passing driver.  They say he was dropped off near Christ Episcopal Church in Montpelier.  He’s described to be in his late teens to early 20’s, was wearing dark pants and shirt, had on a baseball hat, visible tattoos on his left hand, and a stud earring (described as glassy, diamond-like) in his left ear. 

If you know anything, contact the Vermont State Police Fire & Explosion Investigation Unit.

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