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Feb 25, 2016 1:45 PM

Victims and neighbors relieved after Portsmouth police say car arsonists busted

PORTSMOUTH - Two men are under arrest, accused in a string of car arsons in January.

Their arrest brought some welcome piece of mind to several area residents.

“The windows blew, and glass flew and everything, and it did explode. There were some explosions,” said Francis Cormier, when he first spoke to NH1 News the night after one incident on his street.

On Thursday, Portsmouth police announced at a press conference that the two men responsible were tracked down and had turned themselves in.

“We wanted to have this press conference to put the people of Portsmouth at ease,” said Interim Police Chief David Mara.

Michael York, of Goffstown, and Adam Carlin, of Dunbarton, were arrested and released on personal recognizance bail. They are scheduled to appear in court on April 4. The case remains under investigation but victims say they are finally at ease.

“Mine was a total loss,” said Michael Rice. “You know setting a car on fire like that in a neighborhood like this if the gas tank goes, who knows what could happen? I’m glad they get a chance to think about what they did and realize just how dangerous it was.”

The char marks and glass remain on his street, where Rice’s car was parked on the night of the incident. Rice told NH1 News the arrests come as much welcomed news.

“All I can say is that I’m very pleased they caught these guys because obviously they were willing to do some damage and hurt anyone - a little silver lining,” said Rice.

Jenna Abate is a multimedia journalist for NH1 News. You can email her at and follow her on Twitter, @Jenna_AbateNH1.

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