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Accused in Penticton Toyota arson let out on $150 bail same day of arrest

Donald Richard Lorenzetto was charged a year after a fire that destroyed the dealership
An arson fire completely destroyed the Penticton Toyota dealership in May 2022. The black plume of smoke could be seen across the city. Two were arrested for the arson but charges against one of them came together a year later May 8, 2023. (Facebook)

The man charged in the Penticton Toyota dealership arson was let out on bail the day he was arrested and charged.

Donald Richard Lorenzetto was arrested May 8 and went before the courts that day facing charges of arson damaging property and mischief to property over $5,000 in relation to the May 11, 2022 fire that ripped through the entire Toyota building.

At the time, police said in a press release that he remained behind bars.

Court documents show he was released that night on $150 bail.

Lorenzetto, 40, made a brief appearance in Penticton court on Wednesday, May 17 to consult with his legal counsel. He is scheduled to be back in court June 7 for particulars.

READ MORE: Penticton man arrested and charged

Within a day of the May 2022 fire, Lorenzetto was identified and arrested by the RCMP, along with another individual at the time. Both were then released while charges were being considered by the Crown Prosecution Service.

Only Lorenzetto has been charged for the Toyota fire.

“We would like to express our appreciation to the community for their patience during this year-long investigation,” said Cpl. James Grandy. “It takes gathering substantial evidence before charges can be approved, and your cooperation and understanding throughout this process have been crucial.”

VIDEO: Extensive fire damage at Penticton Toyota

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Monique Tamminga

About the Author: Monique Tamminga

Monique brings 20 years of award-winning journalism experience to the role of editor at the Penticton Western News. Of those years, 17 were spent working as a senior reporter and acting editor with the Langley Advance Times.
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