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Burglar who set fire at Vancouver mayor’s house gets prison time – The Columbian

Investigators viewed footage recovered from the memory cards in the two remaining security cameras. The video shows that 11 minutes after the couple left the house, a man, later identified by police as Murray, approached the house and rang the doorbell. He is then seen standing in the driveway, surveying the house, according to the affidavit.

Eventually, Murray is seen wheeling his bicycle around to the back of the house. About 25 minutes later, the garage door can be seen lifting about a foot before closing again, police said, indicating he gained access to the house and garage. Officers said they also heard noises in the video that appeared to come from inside the house, the affidavit states.

Then, at 9:37 p.m. Sept. 12, police and the Vancouver Fire Marshal’s Office responded to the mayor’s home for an arson investigation.

McEnerny-Ogle said her husband was on the phone with their son about fixing their Wi-Fi and telephone, which had stopped working. Their son suggested Ogle check the cables outside, the mayor said. That’s when he saw a man, later identified by police as Murray, setting a fire near the garage.

Ogle confronted Murray, who ran away, and Ogle was able to extinguish the blaze; he was not injured, according to police. Officers set up containment and conducted a K-9 track, but Murray was not immediately located.