Police appeal following arson at Docklands gelateria

Police appeal following arson at Docklands gelateria
Brendan Rees

Victoria Police are appealing for help following an arson incident where two people allegedly tried to light a fire at a Docklands gelateria in January.

Police said it was believed two males forced their way into the Star Crescent business about 5am on Wednesday, January 17.

The pair allegedly smashed a glass door and poured an accelerant from a jerry can on the floor and a serving bench before trying to light the liquid.

Despite several attempts, the liquid failed to ignite, and the pair ran from the store, police allege.

It’s believed they then left the area with a third person in a distinctive gold Hyundai Sonata sedan with registration plates 1TI1EX.

According to police, it’s understood the vehicle was sold but the new owner did not fill in the transfer of ownership documents, which has not led to any viable enquiries.

The men were wearing dark coloured clothing and face coverings.

Detectives from VIPER Taskforce are appealing to any witnesses or who may have information about those involved.

They have released an image in the hope anyone can provide information on the car’s current whereabouts.

Police said they are treating the incident as targeted, however the exact motivation for the attempted fire remained unclear.

Anyone with information is urged to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000. •

 

Photo: Police hope someone may have information about this car.

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