INVESTIGATIONS are underway after a residence was burgled and then allegedly set on fire in Wright yesterday (August 13).
The fire was reported at around 7.30am, on Ulysses Circuit, where ACT Fire & Rescue attended and extinguished the fire.
Following an analysis of the scene, police and fire investigators believe the fire to be suspicious.
The residence, which is currently vacant, appeared to have been burgled prior to the fire and police believe the incidents are linked.
Officer in Charge Criminal Investigations Response, detective acting station sergeant Tony Crocker says: “We treat burglary and the deliberate lighting of fires extremely seriously in any premises, regardless of whether it is occupied at the time. Arson has serious consequences, carrying a maximum penalty of 25 years imprisonment.”
“The residence is in a busy area, close to Cotter Road. We believe someone may have noticed some suspicious activity or may have information that could assist us with our investigations. Even the smallest piece of information is worth reporting,” he says.
Information that could assist police to 1800 333000 or via the Crime Stoppers ACT website using reference 6139767.