Durham Regional Police are asking the public to help identify a suspect after several incidents of suspicious packages being left at two separate businesses in Oshawa.

Durham Regional Police were called to the Pantry Convenience on Park Road North in Oshawa on Sunday, October 25, 2020, where a suspicious package was found at the store just after 8 am. The item was investigated by the Explosives Disposal Unit and it was detonated and rendered safe. The item was confirmed to be an incendiary device. The suspect was captured on video surveillance fleeing on foot.

On Thursday, October 1, 2020, at approximately 8:20 a.m., police responded to a suspicious package call at the Taunton Convenience store on Taunton Road East in Oshawa after an incendiary device was located. The victim in this case attempted to move the item and it burst into flames. No injuries were reported, and officers seized the evidence and video surveillance. Three prior minor incidents were targeting this store that was never reported to the police. The suspect wore a mask during these incidents.

Police are releasing an image of the suspect from Sunday’s incident, and he is believed to be involved in the Taunton Road incidents. Police are also releasing video surveillance of the incident on October 1, 2020, involving a female employee which shows the device bursting into flames.

The suspect is described as male, white, he wore all black clothing and white shoes. In the first incident he wore similar clothing, but with black shoes with white around the outer sole.

The incidents are related to stores that are selling adult-related material. Investigators are asking any convenience stores in the area that may have had any suspicious packages or messages left on their premises that haven’t been reported to police to contact Det. Dellipizzi or D/Cst. McLellan of the Central East Division Criminal Investigation Bureau at 1-888-579-1520 ext. 2766.

Anonymous information can be sent to Durham Regional Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477) or online at www.durhamregionalcrimestoppers.ca and tipsters may be eligible for a $2,000 cash reward.