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Man accused of arson after fire at O’Daniel lot

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (Network Indiana): Dewey Fredrick told police that he bought a Jeep from O’Daniel Automotive in 1986 that had a bad motor, and the Fort Wayne dealership refused to make things right.

That was Fredrick’s reasoning for tossing road flares into three Jeeps at an O’Daniel lot on July 17th. Court documents reveal that he caused nearly $75,000 worth of damage. He also drove to another lot and used a knife to cut the top of a convertible Pontiac before setting the car on fire.

Fredrick told police he was upset he didn’t get to see the fires happen himself. “It was time for the chickens to return to roost,” he told police in a recorded interview.

Fredrick is facing four preliminary counts of level 4 arson after being arrested Friday.

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1 comment

brettt July 28, 2022 at 8:13 am

So…wait, what?
He’s upset that his ’86 Jeeps’ motor gave out?
That darn thing’s over 35 years old, and what? He thought they came with a lifetime warranty?

I’m always happy if i go 10 years without major issues! Never had a vehicle last me 35 years, yet!
…you don’t see me setting any dealerships aflame.
Sure, i guess i have thought about it.. but, common sense reels me back in.

You should, instead, be proud your motor last you 3-1/2 decades!

Jeep Lovers are just a different breed, i recon…


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