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Sheriff: Dumpster fire suspect sought

Pima County sheriff's deputies are asking for the public's help in identifying a man they believe set a dumpster on fire at Oracle and River roads early Thursday morning.

About 3:30 a.m., deputies were called to the area behind the shopping center on the northeast corner of the intersection, just outside the Tucson city limits, and found a dumpster and small trash can on fire, a Pima County Sheriff's Department spokesman said.

"It appeared that the fires had been deliberately set," said Deputy James Allerton. The extent of any damage at the shopping center, which includes a Pet Club, Audio Express store, Southwest Smokeless vape shop, Shogun Japanese restaurant, Denny's restaurant, a nail salon and pet clinic, was not detailed.

A man caught on security video is being sought in connection with the fires, Allerton said.

The unidentified man is described as white, in his 20s or 30s, and "with a thin build" and unknown height, he said.

The man was seen wearing a white t-shirt, dark pants and carrying a backpack, Allerton said.

"Arson Unit detectives have taken over the investigation and are asking for assistance in identifying the suspect in this case. Anyone with information is asked to call 9-1-1. You can also submit an anonymous tip, with the potential for a reward, by text, phone, or by going to," he said.

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