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Video Shows Suspect In Fires That Destroyed 7 Trucks In Brooklyn

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) -- Police released new surveillance video Wednesday of a suspect they believe set seven semi-trailer trucks on fire in Brooklyn last month.

The smoked-out husks of the truck beds were first discovered along Stanley Avenue in East New York around 2:50 a.m. on Sunday, July 31.

Others were found on Linwood and Chestnut streets – all industrial blocks, CBS2 reported.

East New York Truck Fire
Seven trucks were torched in East New York, Brooklyn on Sunday, July 31, 2016. (Credit: CBS2)
East New York Truck Fire
Seven trucks were torched in East New York, Brooklyn on Sunday, July 31, 2016. (Credit: CBS2)

As 1010 WINS' Carol D'Auria reported, all of the trucks were 18-wheelers, and the trailer portion of each truck was unscathed. It was the cabs of the trucks that were destroyed by fire.

One woman told CBS2 she was on Stanley Avenue just before the first fire broke out around 3 a.m., when an unmarked truck pulled up. She did not want to show her face out of fear.

"A man got out of a regular box truck, out of the passenger side. He came out of the truck, he walked right here to the passenger side of the tractor trailer, busted the windows, and next thing I know there was an explosion," the woman said.

The explosion left mirrors melted, steering wheels destroyed, and some roofs completely burned off. It took the FDNY hours to put all the fires out.

"The guy got out, he was short, I'd say 5'7", 5'9"; kind of chubby," she said. "He had on all black; a black hoodie."

Nearly all the trucks were garbage trucks. Five of the seven have markings for TTS Trucking Company in Newark.

They are parked on blocks typically lined with trucks overnight, and some believe specific trucks were targeted.

"It was not random at all," the witness said. "Someone wants to close these trailers down."

Police released suspect video of a suspect, who they said started the fires by lighting a flare.

Anyone with information was asked to call the NYPD Crime Stoppers at (800) 577-TIPS or (888) 57-PISTA for Spanish, log onto the Crime Stoppers website, or text tips to 274637 (CRIMES) and enter TIP577.

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