Two suspects sought in Vaughan grocery store arson case

Investigators with the York Regional Police #4 District Criminal Investigations Bureau are seeking two suspects, following a fire that was intentionally set inside a grocery store in the City of Vaughan.

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.

Suspect #1:

  • Male, white
  • 18 to 22
  • Wearing a black tank top, red shorts, a black baseball cap and black and white sandals

Suspect #2:

  • Male, white
  • 18 to 22
  • Wearing a black and white tank top, black shorts with red and yellow stripes and a black baseball cap

Investigators have released video surveillance and images of the two suspects and seeking public assistance to identify them:

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 initial damage estimates are in the millions of dollars and the store remains closed. The scene is being held pending further investigation by York Regional Police and the Office of the Fire Marshal and Emergency Management.

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 www.1800222tips.com or text your tip to CRIMES (274637) starting with the word YORK. – CINEWS

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