One teen has been charged, and police are hunting for eight more, after a stolen Jeep was driven to a Brampton public school and set on fire in broad daylight last Thursday.
Police are warning the eight males who were at Lougheed Public School on Father Tobin Road at 6:15 p.m. to find lawyers and turn themselves in.
Police and Brampton firefighters were called to the school where they found the 2003 Jeep Liberty fully engulfed in flames.
A door-to-door canvas led police to one suspect, but they are searching for eight others.
Hasham Anjum, 19, of Brampton has been charged with arson and possession of stolen property. He was held in custody awaiting a bail hearing Friday.
Police are asking for the public’s help identifying those involved in the crime.
In recent months, there have been numerous cases of South Asian teenagers engaged in brawls, rash and irresponsible behavior. The burning of a vehicle on school property in broad daylight however crosses a line. According to a Brampton resident, many of these errant teens have parents who work really hard to provide their families a decent standard of living. They ironically emigrated to Canada to give their children a better quality of life and a great future. But the tragedy is that while they work long hours, their children often end up being emotionally neglected. With little or no supervision, a growing number of young teens end up in wrong company and quite easily succumb to the lure of either easy money, drug or alcohol abuse or wanton acts of destruction.
Anyone with information is asked to call 21 Division investigators at 905-453-2121, ext. 2133, or Peel Crime Stoppers anonymously at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477).