Police: owner of ‘Toga Winners burned venue down

Colonie police have made an arrested the owner of Saratoga Winners in the fire of the landmark former music venue.

The old concert hall, that was a fixture on Route 9, burned to the ground on April 30th.

Colonie police tell NEWS10 that an accelerant was found at numerous locations inside and outside the wood-framed building, that dated back to the early 1900's.

The owner, 43-year-old Akiva Abraham, is now charged with arson and insurance fraud.

The fraud charge, police say, comes from Abraham allegedly buying an insurance policy for the property, based on a fraudulent mortgage loan.

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