Video shows arsonist pouring gasoline onto a car and setting it on fire

Investigators from the York Regional Police #2 District Criminal Investigations Bureau are seeking suspects and appealing for witnesses after an arsonist was recorded pouring gasoline onto a car and setting it on fire. The incident took place on the driveway of a private residence in Richmond Hill, shortly before 5 a.m. on Feb. 14.

Police were called to the residence near Lucas Street and Rumble Avenue to investigate the incident. By the time officers arrived, the vehicle was fully engulfed in flames. Richmond Hill Fire and Emergency Services attended the scene and extinguished the fire.

There were no injuries, but the suspect hasn’t been caught.

York Regional Police shared a video of the incident. The 38-second video, which includes footage captured from various security cameras in the area, shows a dark-coloured, four-door sedan parked on the street, close to the residence. A suspect is observed walking up to the victim’s vehicle on the driveway, nonchalantly pouring an accelerant and igniting the fire. The suspect then gets back into the vehicle and flees the scene.

Shortly after, video captured from the back-loading dock area of a nearby commercial plaza shows a dark-coloured, four-door sedan stop in the back-loading dock area. A passenger in the front seat opens the door and throws what appears to be a red jerry can out of the car which then drives away.

The vehicle has been identified as a black, four-door Hyundai Elantra that had been reported as stolen at the time of the incident.

Investigators are appealing to anyone who witnessed any suspicious activity, or anyone with a video recording that captured any suspicious activity in the area, to come forward.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the York Regional Police #2 District Criminal Investigations Bureau at 1-866-876-5423, ext. 7241, call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS, or leave an anonymous tip online.

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