YORK REGIONAL POLICE
Investigators with the York Regional Police #1 District Criminal Investigations Bureau have arrested and charged a 29-year-old Newmarket man in connection with a series of arsons in the Town of Newmarket.
On Saturday, April 10, 2021, three tractor-trailers were set on fire at a commercial facility at Leslie Street North of Davis Drive. The fire was extinguished and fortunately no one was injured. The same night, the driver’s seat of a vehicle in the parking lot of an auto shop at on Pony Drive was set on fire.
On April 11, at 12:30 a.m., a glass door at a garden centre business on Journey’s End Circle was smashed in an attempt to gain entry.
On April 19, at approximately 4 a.m., a cherry-picker truck was set on fire behind a building on Leslie Street south of Elgin Street.
On April 20 at 5 a.m., a vehicle was set on fire at the same auto shop on Pony Drive. The fire spread to two other vehicles.
On April 21, a fire was set at a cellphone tower site at Leslie Street and Crowder Boulevard.
On April 25, at approximately 3 a.m., a vehicle was damaged and two other vehicles were set on fire at a car dealership located on Leslie Street at Bray Circle. Following this, multiple communication boxes were found damaged and partially burned at locations on Harry Walker Parkway and Kerrisdale Boulevard.
Fortunately, no one was injured during any of the incidents. Through the investigation, officers identified the suspect and he has been charged with several offences connected to the incidents.
- Justin Davis, 29, of Newmarket
- Arson x8
- Mischief under $5,000 x9
- Mischief over $5,000 x2
- Possession of an incendiary device
Investigators are appealing to anyone who witnessed suspicious activity during these incidents or anyone with residential video surveillance that may have captured suspicious activity, to please come forward.
This investigation is ongoing. Anyone with information is asked to contact the York Regional Police #1 Criminal Investigations Bureau at 1-866-876-5423, ext. 7142, Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS or leave an anonymous tip online at www.1800222tips.com.