In September 2022, an extremely cold-blooded perpetrator set fire to a business premises on Nieuwstraat in Purmerend. Why he did that is not yet clear, nor is it clear who he is. Fortunately for the investigation, there is a lot of footage of the man and the scooter he was riding.
In the night of Monday 26 to Tuesday 27 September, the suspect appeared for the first time on the Melkbrug. He then drove to his target on Nieuwstraat, including Tramplein.
Explosion and clouds of smoke
The fire caused an explosion, sending burning debris flying across the street. They extinguished without causing further damage, but the fire quickly spread in the affected business premises. A number of local residents were at risk as a result.
The suspect then drove back in the direction he had come from. Does his metallic blue retro scooter mean anything to you, possibly in combination with the arsonist, please report it to the police.
The man the police are looking for has a light complexion, short black hair and full, black eyebrows. That night in September, he wore light-colored pants, black socks, white sneakers, and a dark-colored hoodie with a picture on the front.
If you know or suspect who he may be, please report it to the police. The police would also like to hear from you if you have an idea of what the motive or cause may be for the arson. You can of course pass on your information anonymously if you wish.
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Police Tracking Tip Line (free): 0800 – 6070
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National Intelligence Team (local rate): 088 – 661 77 34