Arsonists target car dealerships

On Saturday morning, four vehicles were damaged in an apparent act of arson at the Metro Chrysler dealership in Whitehorse.

On Saturday morning, four vehicles were damaged in an apparent act of arson at the Metro Chrysler dealership in Whitehorse.

“We had one or two vehicles torched,” said service manager Dave Motley.

“And of course then it just caught fire and damaged all four vehicles.”

The damaged trucks, new Dodge Rams, were worth roughly $55,000 a piece.

RCMP and the Whitehorse fire department were notified of the fire at 3:12 a.m. It was extinguished within 20 minutes and no one was injured.

Police suspect that a fire was intentionally set in one truck and spread to the vehicles on either side.

“We’re still investigating that,” said RCMP spokesperson Sgt. Tom Wyers.

“We’re still sifting through for evidence of the source of ignition.”

The vandals tried to do the same thing at both the Subaru and Honda dealerships nearby, said Motley.

Fortunately, the fire at the Subaru dealership didn’t spread.

“It burnt the interior but didn’t get out of the vehicle,” said Motley.

“Which is good because it was right next to the building.”

The Honda dealership suffered only broken windows.

Police are asking anyone with information about the incidents to contact Crime Stoppers.

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