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Alleged arsonist caught on video setting trash fires on Manhattan streets

The suspect is wanted for two incidents in which the blaze spread from the garbage to parked cars.

The NYPD has released surveillance video of a suspect setting garbage on fire lastNYPD

Police are looking for a firebug they say lit trash on fire, which then spread to parked vehicles in two separate incidents in Manhattan last week.

The first incident took place on May 5 at about 3:50 a.m. when the suspect set fire to garbage in front of 1516 Lexington Ave., according to authorities. The blaze then spread to a parked Mitsubishi before being extinguished.

A few days later on May 9 at about 11:35 p.m., the same man lit trash on fire in front of 4940 Madison Ave., police said. The fire once again spread, this time to a parked Ford.

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The NYPD has released surveillance video of one of the incidents and describe the suspect as a man with medium complexion.

Anyone with information in regards to these incidents is asked to call the NYPD's Crime Stoppers Hotline at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477) or for Spanish, 1-888-57-PISTA (74782).

The public can also submit their tips by logging onto the Crime Stoppers website or by texting their tips to 274637 (CRIMES) then entering TIP577.

 
 
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