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2 men accused of scheming to torch vehicle to stop payments

July 11, 2018

JONESBORO, La. (AP) — Authorities say two Louisiana men conspired to get out of vehicle payments by torching a car.

News outlets report 37-year-old Anthony Burns and his uncle, 33-year-old David Caldwell, were booked Monday into the Jackson Parish Detention Center. They were charged with arson with intent to defraud and criminal conspiracy.

Surveillance video shows Burns dropping off the vehicle and a man later splashing a liquid inside the passenger side. Video also shows the man, identified as Caldwell, setting the vehicle on fire.

In an interview, Caldwell confessed to the fire and said Burns asked him to “torch it” because he wanted out from under the vehicle payments. A state Fire Marshal’s Office release says Burns also acknowledged being behind on car payments. It’s unclear if the men have lawyers.

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