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Vehicles set on fire at 2 autobody shops in Markham

Suspect observed setting fire to vehicles in two separate incidents last week before fleeing in a dark-coloured sedan

York Regional Police are investigating two separate arsons at commercial plazas in Markham.

On Thursday, June 6, at approximately 1 a.m., police responded to reports of several vehicles on fire near an autobody shop in the area of Laidlaw Boulevard and Heritage Road.

A lone suspect was observed setting fire to three vehicles in the area before fleeing in a dark-coloured sedan, police said in a news release.

On Saturday, June 8, at around 2 a.m., police responded to another incident of multiple vehicles on fire near a different autobody shop, also in the area of Laidlaw Boulevard and Heritage Road.

A single suspect was observed carrying jerry cans to the area of the fire and then leaving in a dark-coloured sedan.

Police are appealing to anyone with information or who witnessed any suspicious activity in the area to come forward.

They also want to speak to anyone with video surveillance or dashcam footage in the area around the time of the incidents.

Anyone with information is asked to call the York Regional Police #5 District Criminal Investigations Bureau at 1-866-876-5423, ext. 7541, or call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS, or leave an anonymous tip online at