Crime

Gaslight arson reward now $10K

An additional $2,500 has been added to the reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible for the arson fire at the Gaslight Plaza Shopping Center in Harrisonville in December 2016.

The additional funds bring the total reward up to $5,000.

In addition, $5,000 is being offered by the Missouri Department of Public Safety’s Division of Arson Safety’s Arson Hotline.

The fire which started in the middle of the night Dec. 13, 2016, caused more than $1 million in damage and three businesses were lost because of the fire and another moved from the city.

According to Tim Soulis, the co-owner of the Gaslight Shopping Center, it took more than 10 months to rebuild following the fire.

“At the time, I think we were simply in shock, but then we had to figure out how to move forward.

“I hope we solve the crime because we need to protect our society from these types of events,” Soulis said.

The Greater KC Crime Stoppers TIPS Hotline and the Harrisonville Police Department continue to seek information from the public in regard to the fire.

According to Lt. Chris Osterberg of the Harrisonville Police Department, a video of the alleged arsonist is available and will be shared in the near future to see if it helps with the identification process.

To collect the rewards, you can connect with the Kansas City TIPS hotline at 816-474-TIPS.

FireSafety Arson Hotline, statewide relates to nothing but arson related crimes. Tocontact them, the number is 1-800-39-ARSON.


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