And finally… slow burn

A man accused of torching brand-new vehicles at a car dealership has allegedly told police it was revenge for a dodgy vehicle he bought almost 40 years ago.

Dewey R. Fredrick, 79, allegedly used road flares to torch three Jeeps and a Pontiac convertible across two lots owned by O’Daniel in Fort Wayne, Indiana.

The damage amounted to nearly $75,000 (around €74,000) and he is now facing four charges of arson, CBS affiliate WANE-TV reports.

In a recorded interview, Mr Fredrick told police that he was retaliating over a Jeep he bought in 1986 which soon turned out to have a bad motor.

“It was time for the chickens to return to roost,” he said. He is also said to have expressed regret that he did not stay to watch the fires and laughed when shown CCTV footage.

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