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Police are looking for an uptown firebug who torched 15 cars in Harlem in one day this week. The incidents all happened on Tuesday between 1:45 a.m. and 6:30 a.m. in the 30th and 32nd precincts in Harlem. According to FDNY spokesman Jim Long, it doesn’t appear that any flammable liquids were used, but “some of the cars really took off and were burned significantly." Check out surveillance video of the suspect below:

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Here's a run down of the timeline of the fires and cars:

  • At 0145 hours in front of 282 West 151 Street (32 Pct) (2004 Chrysler Minivan)
  • At 0225 hours in front of 2637 7th Avenue (32 Pct) (2006 Toyota Sienna and a 2001 BMW sedan)
  • At 0245 hours in front of 200 Bradhurst Avenue (30 Pct) (Ford Mustang and a Hyundai sedan)
  • At 0340 hours in front of 305 West 150 Street (30 Pct) (2006 Toyota wagon)
  • At 0410 hours in front of 335 Edgecomb Avenue (30 Pct) (2003 Land Rover and a 1998 Nissan Pathfinder)
  • At 0325 hours at Bradhurst Avenue and West 142 Street (32 Pct) (2006 Chevrolet Silverado)
  • At 0430 hours in front of 300 West 149 Street (32 Pct) (1998 Chevrolet Astrovan)
  • At 0505 hours in front of 1534 Adam Clayton Powell Blvd (32 Pct) (Dodge Minivan)
  • At 0610 hours in front of 103 West 144 Street (32 Pct) (2005 Lincoln Navigator and a 2007 Nissan Altima)
  • At 0635 hours in front of 220 West 139 Street (32 Pct) (2009 Honda Pilot)
  • At time unknown at 155 Street and Harlem River Drive (32 Pct) (Audi sedan)


“It’s a total shock,” Sherise Budhai-Walker, owner of the 2003 Land Rover and two weeks shy of her due date, told the Times. “We got a new car for the baby, and now it’s a total loss. It’s just sad that someone would do that.” “I’ve had a lot of fun with it,” said Frank Silver, who lost his 2013 Mustang convertible. “Who do I punch in the face for this?” Jamel Watson, whose Toyota was destroyed, added: “If I came and saw them doing this, it would be a whole different story."

Police describe the suspect as thin to medium build, bald, with a dark complexion; he was observed wearing a dark colored t-shirt, blue jeans, white sneakers, and a light blue colored drawstring backpack. Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477).