Elderly Man Torches Cars for Revenge


It can be hit or miss when purchasing a used vehicle. Unfortunately, an elderly man had a bad experience buying a Jeep and held a near 30-year grudge over the dealership that sold it to him. Ever since that moment, he’s gotten his revenge by torching cars.

The 79-year-old was caught on video setting fires to a number of cars at two auto dealerships. According to police, the man claimed he was sold a Jeep with a bad motor in 1986. The dealership “refused to make it right,” which left the man with only one choice.

“It was time for the chickens to return to the roost,” the man allegedly told Fort Wayne police officers.

Apparently, the video footage showed the man opening the fuel door of a 2019 Jeep Compass and placing an ignited road flare inside, igniting the vehicle. The man then drove off the lot while the Jeep was swallowed in flames.

That fire then grew to other vehicles on either side, which included a 2013 GMC Acadia and a 2020 Jeep Cherokee. All three vehicles were destroyed in the fire, costing the dealership around $70,000.

After leaving the used car lot, the man drove to a second O’Daniel dealership in Fort Wayne. There, he cut open the roof of a 2008 Pontiac Solstice Base Convertible with a knife and dropped an ignited flare through the new slit in the roof. The convertible was damaged severely, costing more money than its $12,823 value. It’s safe to say that the man got his 30-year-old revenge taken care of.


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