Scooter shop fire investigated as suspicious
MIAMI (WSVN) -- Police and a store owner have some burning suspicions after a fire raced through a South Florida business causing all kinds of damage.
Investigators are calling the fire that destroyed Wally Presic's scooter shop suspicious. Surveillance video footage reveals something was thrown over a fence to the back lot of Astro Scooters, located off Northeast 79th Street in Miami, sometime just after 10 p.m. Thursday night.
The fire ruined the business, leaving Presic devastated. "I don't wish this to my worst enemy," he said. "believe it or not. I don't wish this to nobody. Why? If I did you wrong, man-to-man, come beat me up." He pauses for a smile. "Don't burn this. This has nothing to do with it."
Fire investigators combed the ruins Friday looking for more evidence. The video that has sparked the investigation came from a neighboring business and showed a car pulling up, a door opening and some flashes of light before the car pulled away. "I saw the video, but unfortunately," Presic says with a shrug, "I don't know so many people around here."
A witness came forward saying he saw people throwing something at the business and later witnessed the flames. "We all witnessed it," the man said, "me and another guy that was behind here ... It's a despicable act, you know what I mean? Unkind. I mean, this guy works for everything."
Investigators said the business does not have insurance.
If you have any information on this crime, call Miami-Dade Crime Stoppers at 305-471-TIPS. Remember, you can always remain anonymous, and you may be eligible for a reward.
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