Police search for links in ink-parlour in arson attack

CRIME Gangs Taskforce officers are assisting a police investigation into a suspicious fire at a Gawler tattoo parlour on Sunday night – the second time the business has been targeted in vandal attacks in recent months.

Flames were seen coming from Murray Street business Ink Supremacy at 11.45pm on Sunday night and police and fire crews were quick on the scene to respond.

The fire was extinguished by midnight and caused damage to the front of the store.

Police believe the fire was deliberately lit, as an accelerant appeared to be used.

CCTV footage from the area, reviewed by police, showed three suspects running from the area, with one of the suspect’s legs on fire.

Crime scene investigators also attended and examined the scene.

The fire caused a power outage throughout the building occupied by the tattoo parlour on Monday, affecting business for next-door Tyrepower Gawler.

A police spokesperson yesterday said the investigation into the fire was still ongoing, but confirmed that Crime Gangs Taskforce officers were assisting.

The spokesperson said the fire was not believed to be linked to a separate house fire at Salisbury Heights that occurred at the same time on Sunday night – which is also being investigated by Crime Gangs officers – but added that police are investigating all avenues of enquiry.

The spokesperson said it was also too early to tell if the incident was linked to a previous incident at the Murray Street tattoo parlour in December, in which several of the shopfront windows were smashed in.

A 25-year-old Roseworthy man was arrested in relation to that incident, which was labelled as a “disturbance” by police, with the people involved being known to each other.

The man allegedly smashed the window using a carpet stretcher’s tool, which was left at the scene, before witnesses saw a fight break out inside the business.

He appeared in the Elizabeth Magistrates’ Court in January and is due to appear back before the court on May 1.

Police have asked anyone with information about Sunday night’s fire, or a man with a burn injury to his leg, to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or online at crimestopperssa.com.au Ink Supremacy declined to comment.

 

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Matteo Gagliardi joined The Bunyip in August 2016 with almost two years experience in regional print media, having previously worked at a community newspaper in Swan Hill, Victoria. Covering politics, local government and crime, Matteo likes to sink his teeth into hard-hitting issues, but also enjoys spending time getting to know the Gawler community. Matteo also has a passion for science, agriculture and the environment, and has previously worked as a media officer at the Australian Science Media Centre.

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