A man used an aerosol can to start seven fires early Wednesday that included torching a car, a boat, a business, a fence and two flags in Wyandanch and Deer Park, police said.
During the spree, the man also started a fire by spraying aerosol on the nighttime pay window of a Wyandanch gas station in a failed attempt at a robbery, Suffolk County police said.
“During each incident, the suspect used an aerosol can to light the fire,” police said, adding that the gas station incident and the fires “appear to be connected.”
The attempted robbery took place at 3:22 a.m. at the Sunoco station at 1580 Straight Path, police said. The man demanded cash from the clerk, but fled without proceeds.
He remains at large, police said.
The six additional fires the man is suspected of setting, according to police, are:
- The first fire was reported at 2:54 a.m. in a vehicle on Long Island Avenue near Lake Drive in Wyandanch.
- The second was at 3:19 a.m. at a vacant storefront at 10 Station Drive near Straight Path in Wyandanch. The man also allegedly broke into the building.
- The third was at 3:53 a.m. at “a small fence” at Grand Boulevard and Doe Street in Wyandanch.
- The fourth was at 4:12 a.m. in a boat at Lake Avenue and West 23rd Street in Deer Park.
- The fifth was a report at 4:16 a.m. of a flag on fire at Lake Avenue and West 22nd Street in Deer Park.
- The sixth was at 6:33 a.m. of another flag on fire on Grand Boulevard in Deer Park.
A police spokeswoman said one of the flags was a Marine Corps flag, but the nature of the other flag was not known.