79-Year-Old Torched Dealer’s Cars Over Jeep He Bought in 1986, Police Say

Police said a person torched cars and trucks July 25 at a number of dealerships in Fort Wayne, Indiana, for the reason that he claimed he was bought a Jeep with a “poor motor” in 1986, according to court files. Dewey Fredrick, 79, promises he was marketed a Jeep by the dealership franchise, O’Daniel, and it “refused to make it ideal.” On Monday night time, Fredrick drove his white Chevy S10 pickup to two of the franchise places, burning 3 autos at a single great deal, and making an attempt to torch a fourth at a further, according to police.

The autos, a 2019 Jeep Compass, a 2020 Jeep Cherokee, a 2013 GMC Acadia, and a 2008 Pontiac Solstice, were being all totaled due to the fact of of the destruction. The Compass, situated at a applied car or truck lot owned by O’Daniel, was Fredrick’s key sufferer. Video clip received by law enforcement reportedly exhibits the vehicle bursting into flames soon following a street flare was dropped into its gas tank. The resulting fire unfold to the Cherokee and Acadia, scorching them both. The 79-calendar year-outdated then drove to a Mazda dealership owned by the same franchise, reducing into the top rated of the Solstice and dispensing a highway flare into the interior, in accordance to an affidavit. Police claimed the vehicle’s seat caught fire, with “heat and smoke hurt” to the interior.

In an interview with police, Fredrick mentioned that it was “time for the chickens to return to roost” 36 a long time just after he was allegedly offered the poor Jeep. The aged male also admitted to placing, “Loctite, Tremendous Glue, and an additional accelerant” in the door locks of many automobiles owned by O’Daniel soon following paying for the truck in the 1980s. Despite his arrest, Fredrick appeared to have no regret about his the latest steps. Court files reported he was “upset that he did not get to see the fire [happen].” Soon after inquiring to see photographs of the destruction to the Pontiac, Frederick was unhappy it was not more significant. Law enforcement also mentioned Fredrick laughed right after they told him the dealership was similarly upset about the fire. Obviously not for the exact same cause.

The Indiana native faces 4 counts of arson. He was unveiled on bond and is scheduled to surface in courtroom July 28.

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