Coquitlam RCMP are asking the public to report any suspicious behaviour late at night around the community book exchange boxes known as Little Libraries and Little Free Libraries.
According to police, a total of seven arson fires have been set at book exchanges throughout the cities of Coquitlam and Port Coquitlam.
Furthermore, these fires happened between March 20th and April 6th, 2019.
“Our investigation has found that the majority of the fires have occurred late at night or very early in the morning. We’re asking the general public to call 911 right away if they see any suspicious activity in the areas surrounding the book exchanges,” says Corporal Michael McLaughlin with Coquitlam RCMP.
“Calling the fire department is absolutely necessary, but most of these fires have not been immediately reported to police which hampers our ability to solve the crimes. Please make sure police know about these fires as soon as possible”.
These fires have destroyed numerous Little Free Libraries, which is a non-profit organization that fosters neighbourhood book exchanges around the world.
If you see any suspicious behaviour, please call 911 immediately.