Arson suspected in Petaluma dumpster fire

Late Sunday night a man pulled into the parking lot of a Petaluma convenience store, started a dumpster fire and then videotaped it, said Petaluma police, who Monday were looking for the arson suspect.

Surveillance video from the Lakeville Highway 7-Eleven store captured the man arriving about 11:45 p.m. in a red, newer model, four-door sedan. He started the fire and videotaped the flames, which grew to about 5 feet, according to reports.

Petaluma firefighters put out the fire. What the man burned wasn’t clear, police said.

Officers are asking for help identifying the man, who was white, in his late 20’s and about 5-foot-10-inch. His dark brown hair was short and he wore black pants and a long-sleeved white shirt.

Police asked anyone with information to contact Officer Matthew Parnow at 707-778-4372.

You can reach Staff Writer Randi Rossmann at 707-521-5412 or On Twitter@rossmannreport.

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