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15 cars torched in Harlem, apparently at random

The New York Police Department are searching for a suspect who torched a string of cars on different streets in Harlem. No motive has been released. WNBC's Tracie Strahan reports.


Police are looking for a suspect who set 15 vehicles on fire in New York City's Harlem neighborhood, leaving charred hoods and shattered windshield glass in nearly a dozen locations.      

All the vehicles were torched within five hours on Tuesday, each on a different street. The first car was set on fire at 1:45 a.m., the last at 6:35 a.m.      

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Frank Silvestri was mostly concerned about parking on the right side of the street when he left his rented Mustang convertible on Bradhurst Avenue.

"I get up to go get coffee and have a little breakfast ... and this is what I see," Silvestri said, pointing to the charred remains of his vehicle.

Detectives say the arson victims appear to have been chosen at random. Residents say similar crimes have happened in their neighborhood before.

A witness told fire marshals he saw a man wearing a yellow hood with plastic bags on his hands. He was allegedly spotted lighting paper on fire before placing it under one of the burned vehicles.

Police released surveillance video of the suspect.      

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