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Police suspect arson at Harold the Jewellery Buyer store, Toronto

TORONTO, Ont. – Police said arson caused a fire that ripped through a Toronto jewelry store early Monday.

Fire crews responded to the blaze at Harold the Jewellery Buyer, located at 2788 Bathurst Street near Glencairn, shortly after 2:30 a.m.

Toronto police and the Ontario Fire Marshal’s Office are continuing their investigation.

On Monday, forensics officers were examining the scene and looking at video surveillance from neighbouring businesses, but no arrests have been made.

“Business owners and the police are continuing to canvass the area, trying to locate surveillance, speak to any possible witnesses who may be able to assist us in this investigation,” Detective Paul Lentsch told 680News.

Investigators believe an incendiary device was thrown through the store’s front window. Furthermore, an employee at the store told the Toronto Star they believe the fire was not an accident.

Harold the Jewellery Buyer made headlines back in August, after a 71 year old former employee of the store was charged in connection to an alleged plot to kill rival store owner Jack Berkovits of Omni Jewelcrafters, located directly across the street.

Maria Konstan has since been released on bail.

Harold Gerstel, the store’s owner, was not charged in the case.

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