Fire bug hits cars in Sydney’s west

Emergency services were called to the car park at Macquarie Road, Auburn, about midnight on Tuesday, January 3 where a grey Honda Jazz was found well alight. Photo: Police Media Police released CCTV of a man they would like to speak as a part of the investigation. Photo: Police Media
Nanjing Night Net

A series of vehicle fires across Sydney in the past two months have police hunting for two suspects.

In the past week alone there have been incidents in Auburn and Yagoona, including several in one night.

Three cars were set alight on Thursday morning in Yagoona with police responding to incidents in Gregory, Bertram and Saltash Streets just after 2am.

All three cars were parked in driveways within a few hundred metres of each other and it appears they were all lit inside a 40-minute window.

The incidents in Yagoona come after a separate series of car fires in Auburn, again within a few hundred metres of each other.

The most recent fire in Auburn occurred on midnight Tuesday in Macquarie Street with a Honda Jazz being set alight and causing damage to a Mitsubishi Magna parked nearby.

Police believe the incident is directly connected to a series of car fires in the old Auburn RSL Club car park.

Four cars have been set alight in the carpark since late November. All the cars were unregistered and appeared to have been dumped in the car park.

Detective Inspector Chris Laird from Flemington Police told Channel 7 police believe the suspect was disgruntled by a number of cars being dumped and abandoned in the area.

“This guy’s got a problem with abandoned cars and one by one he’s torching them,” he said.

The council is not authorised to remove dumped cars from this particular site due to the fact it is private property.

The council say they are aware of the incidents and according to Interim General Manager of Cumberland Council, Malcolm Ryan, they have taken steps to ensure it doesn’t happen again.

“In response we have moved a CCTV Camera onto Northumberland Road to face the entrance of the car park and that camera is now installed and operational,” said Mr Ryan.

Police have released footage of a man they wish to talk to in relation to the Auburn car fires and are asking the public for information relating to the Yagoona fires.

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