Caught On Camera: Fresno Fire investigators seek man lighting matches and throwing them at Best Buy


Caught on camera, a man attempting to set a popular electronics store in Fresno on fire.

This bizarre surveillance video shows a man lighting matches – then throwing them at the Best Buy store in Riverpark.

Authorities tell us they are still looking for the man in the photo below. They say right now, they just want to talk with him about what he was doing.

Fresno Fire investigators are working to piece together a very odd set of circumstances.

Video shows a man in a grey shirt and gold basketball shorts, lighting match after match outside the Best Buy.

The incident happened last Friday, on August 2, around midnight. The odd behavior has Fresno Fire Department is questioning his intent.

“Obviously he’s against concrete, metal and glass so he’s not going to start that on fire with a match, however his behavior that he’s exhibiting are concerning to us and we just like to speak with him and see where he’s coming from,” says Jay Tracy, Fire Investigation Unit Supervisor with Fresno Fire Department.

It appears in the video that the man is blowing some of the matches out while throwing them at the Best Buy. Other times he appears to throw lit matches directly at the concrete wall.

At one point, fire investigators say the man lights a cigarette and waves it directly in front of the double doors of the store. They say the suspicious behavior went on for about 15 minutes.

The video also captured the man driving away in this light colored SUV. Fire investigators say they are concerned that he may strike again.

“It’s the tendency to do that and the potential to do that in another location that might be more dangerous, i.e. somewhere where there’s dry grass, you know maybe putting it into a trash can, or something that’s going to be more easily ignited with a match,” Tracy explained.

We reached out to Best Buy in Riverpark, they say they have surveillance 24 hours a day. They also say they are the ones who turned this video over to fire investigators.

If anyone recognizes this man, you are asked to call the Fresno Fire Department at (559) 621-4199 or the Fresno Police at (559) 621-4199.

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