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Surveillance Video Captures Arson Suspects Before Vacant Simi Valley Home Burns Down

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(credit: Simi Valley Police Department)

(credit: Simi Valley Police Department)

SIMI VALLEY (CBSLA.com) — The public’s help is needed to identify three males police believe set fire to a vacant home in Simi Valley on Monday.

Witnesses say three males approached a vacant home in the 1800 block of Hubbard Street before one of them threw something inside, according to police. After they left the area, a fire erupted inside the home and it was completely destroyed, according to Simi Valley police.

Officials say the home has been vacant since 2004, but it is still considered to be an emotional loss to the current owners, whose father built the house and recently passed away.

Surveillance video at a nearby business captured the three suspects, who were on foot, just before witnesses saw them throwing something inside the house.

The first male was described as between 16 and 17 years old, 5-foot-10 and 150 pounds with a thin build and a shaved head. He wore black shorts, a black sweater with the “Volcom” emblem on the back, large black socks and was carrying a skateboard.

The second male was estimated between 18 and 21 years old, 5-foot-8, and 165 pounds with a medium build. He was wearing a black t-shirt, a red backpack and riding a Razor-style scooter.

The third male’s age was unknown, but he was 5-foot-7, wearing black shorts and a dark long-sleeve flannel shirt.

Anyone with information about the suspects or the fire can call Simi Valley police Detective Steve Collett at (805)583-6968.

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