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NYPD Seeks Suspect in Car Torching Spree in Harlem

By Dan Rivoli | September 12, 2012 7:59am | Updated on September 12, 2012 7:16pm

HARLEM — The NYPD has released video of a suspect who allegedly set more than a dozen vehicles on fire in Harlem early Tuesday.

The arson spree occurred between 1:45 and 6:35 a.m. and spanned some 45 blocks. At least 15 cars were burned, police said.

In addition to sedans and minivans set ablaze, the alleged arsonist lit up luxury cars, including a Ford Mustang, a BMW, and a Lincoln Navigator.

The vehicles were parked between West 110th Street and West 155st Street, from Edgecombe Avenue to Harlem River Drive, police said.

Cops on Wednesday released surveillance video of the man believed to be behind the arson spree.

The suspect is described as bald, thin-to-medium build and a dark complexion. He as seen wearing a dark colored T-shirt, blue jeans, white sneakers and a light blue drawstring backpack.

Police are asking anyone with information about the arson to call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477). Tips can also be submitted to www.NYPDCrimeStoppers.com or by texting 274637 (CRIMES) then entering TIP577.