The Portland Police Bureau and Portland Fire & Rescue, in partnership with Crime Stoppers of Oregon, is asking for the public's help to identify the suspects in a fire investigation.
On February 18, 2019, at 6:20 p.m., Portland Fire & Rescue responded to Ross Dress for Less at Cascade Station on a fire alarm activation. Fire crews arrived at the scene but could not find the source of the smoke.
The following day, a store employee found a pair of athletic shoes under a bench that showed signs of fire damage around the plastic security tag. A review of store surveillance video showed two unidentified subjects in the area of the fire, and one of the two using a lighter in an apparent attempt to remove the security tag by setting it on fire. After the attempt to remove the tag failed, both subjects left the store and the damaged shoes were left under a bench.
The unidentified subjects appear to be teenaged Black males and are shown on store surveillance video.
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