Sunday, August 24, 2014
Man charged after cars torched in North York
A 30-year-old Toronto man was charged with five counts of arson on Sunday.
Two of the charges stem from cars which were allegedly set ablze in the Jane St.-Wilson Ave. area early Sunday. The other three charges relate to vehicle fires in the same neighbourhood on Aug. 10.
Fire trucks responded to two vehicle fires and one bush fire just streets apart from each other in the area between 1:45 a.m. and 2:30 a.m. on Sunday.
“It could’ve been anybody’s car,” said resident Mario Caporiccio, who’s friend’s Hyundai was torched Sunday.
The Hyundai was charred in the driveway behind him with the smell of burnt rubber lingering in the air.
“The seats are all burned out,” he said. “There’s nothing left of the car.”
No one inside the home heard anything until the fire was put out, he said.
Another resident — who did not want to be identified — said he and others in a backyard noticed a man in his 30s acting strangely in the neighbourhood and holding a lighter before fleeing around 2 a.m. Sunday.
“There were a lot of eye witnesses in the area and as a result of that, the individual was located at his residence,” Sgt. Tim Daley said.
“There’s nothing to indicate or suggest that anyone’s been targeted,” he added. “It appears to be more of a random act of arson.”
On Aug. 10,, four vehicles were damaged after three were set on fire in the same neighbourhood. Police confirmed the man faces charges related to those incidents and is considered a person of interest in other incidents.
Police did not identify the accused man.
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