Michael Trantel, 42, of Whitestone was arrested November 6 after an investigation by the New York City Fire Department (FDNY) into a November 2 fire at a Whitestone strip mall at 153-31 Cross Island Pkwy. at 14th Avenue. The second-alarm fire, reported at 1:10 a.m., gutted the Lolli Pop Diner and damaged several adjacent stores. The fire originated in the diner. Fire marshals allege that Trantel stole cigarettes from the diner and then started the fire to conceal the burglary. Trantel has been arrested on charges of arson, reckless endangerment, criminal mischief, burglary and larceny.
Whitestone Man Arrested For Queens Diner Arson