Alleged Vaughan grocery store arsonists arrested; youths cannot be named

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Tthe York Regional Police #4 District Criminal Investigations Bureau have charged two youths following a fire inside a grocery store in the City of Vaughan.

As a result of coverage in the media and social media, the two suspects shown in video surveillance images were identified. The youths turned themselves in to investigators on Monday, May 30, 2016, and were arrested without incident. They are not being named.

Charged are: A 15-year-old youth from the Town of Bolton and  a 14-year-old youth from the City of Vaughan. with arson and disregard to human life.

Both youths have been held in custody. On Sunday, May 29, 2016, at approximately 7:30 p.m., officers responded to a fire at a grocery store located in the area of Weston Road and Rutherford Road. When officers arrived, smoke could be seen coming from the inside of the store. Employees, patrons and neighbouring businesses were safely evacuated. Vaughan Fire and Rescue Services were able to get the fire under control and extinguished.

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Video surveillance from the grocery store captured two suspects lighting a fire within the store. After the fire was lit, the suspects left the store and walked south through the parking lot towards Rutherford Road. The estimated damage is in excess of $2 million dollars.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the York Regional Police #4 District Criminal Investigations Bureau at 1-866-876-5423, ext.7441, or call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-tips, or leave an anonymous tip online at or text your tip to CRIMES (274637) starting with the word YORK. – CINEWS

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