Suspect charged in connection to series of arsons reported in Newmarket in late April

Newmarket man facing 20 charges

A Newmarket man is facing a slew of charges following a number of arsons reported in April.

York Regional Police report three tractor-trailers were set on fire at a commercial facility on Leslie Street near Davis Drive on Saturday, April 10. The same night, the driver’s seat of a vehicle in the parking lot of a shop on Pony Drive was set on fire. A glass door at a garden centre on Journey’s End Circle was smashed in an attempt to gain entry the next day, shortly after midnight.

Then, on April 19 at around 4 a.m., a cherry-picker truck was set on fire behind a Leslie Street building. Just over 24 hours later, a vehicle was set ablaze at the same Pony Drive auto shop as a few days prior. A fire was set at a cell phone tower site at Leslie Street and Crowser Boulevard on April 21.

Finally, police report two vehicles were set on fire at a dealership at Leslie Street and Bray Circle. Another vehicle and multiple communication boxes in the area were found to be damaged or partially burned.

York Regional Police have connected the same suspect to all these incidences. A 29-year-old man faces eight counts of Arson, eleven of Mischief, and one of possessing an incendiary device.

No one was hurt in any of the incidences reported.