The Canadian Pacific (CP) Rail police are seeking the public’s help in identifying a “person of interest” in a rail car arson case that began last February.
CP Rail officers say a vandal or vandals set fire to a loaded auto car carrying 10 Honda CRVs while it sat at the Ethel Avenue and West Toronto Street rail yard on Friday, Feb. 10 around 9 p.m. Damage was estimated at almost $400,000.
Once Toronto Fire Services had extinguished the blaze, CP Rail officers discovered a skateboard on the deck of the train car adjacent to the one charred by fire.
“It had very unique graffiti tags on it,” CP Rail officer, Sgt. Paul Fish said during a press conference at the rail yard near Runnymede Road and St. Clair Avenue on Feb. 14. “The person who owns that skateboard is a person of interest.”
The fire was set using a flammable material sprayed into the train car, which was part of a string of cars parked at an interchange point that had come from the Alliston, Ont., Honda plant and was bound for eastern Canada, Fish told The Villager. The fire was set at the west end of the train car and spread rapidly throughout.
Video surveillance from the nearby area did not provide any leads, however, the skateboard it was determined, came from the Junction-based skateboard shop Sanction, police said.
“We think it’s an incident that happened out of opportunity,” CP Rail police Insp. Bill Law said.
The fire was possibly set by one or more individuals.
“We hope someone will come forward,” Toronto Crime Stoppers co-ordinator Darlene Ross said, encouraging anyone with information to contact Crime Stoppers anonymously at 416-222-TIPS (8477), online at www.222tips.com, text TOR and your
message to CRIMES (274637), or leave a tip on facebook. Download the free Crime Stoppers mobile app on iTunes, Google Play or Blackberry App World.
To contact the CP Rail police, call 1-800-716-9132.