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Car Fire on Crusher Road in Bedford Draws Police Suspicion

BEDFORD, N.Y. – Bedford Police were called to Crusher Road in Bedford on May 29 for a report of a possible car fire.

An officer was in the vicinity when the call came in at 3:14 a.m. Tuesday and arrived at the scene in less than a minute, said Bedford Police Lt. Jeff Dickan.

The burning car, a white BMW, was parked on Crusher Road approximately 200 feet from Route 22, Dickan said.

Arson investigators from the Westchester County Cause and Origins Team and Bedford department detectives investigated the scene to determine the cause of the fire, he said.

According to Dickan, ownership of the car has not yet been determined because of heavy fire damage.

There were no license plates on the car when officers arrived, leading police to consider the possibility that the vehicle was a stolen car, he said.

Police will continue their investigation to find out the identity of the owner, Dickan said, who may have set the fire intentionally to dispose of the car.

Crusher Road is a very quiet road and a quick exit off the highway, he said, so it is a convenient place to dispose of unwanted material evidence. In the past, Bedford police have seen junk tires and stripped cars dumped there, he said.

"This wasn't an accidental fire, so now we are trying to find out the who and the why," Dickan said.

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