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Duo suspected of torching car for insurance in Michigan

April 19, 2019, Adrian, MI — Two men have been accused of setting fire to a vehicle in an effort to make an insurance claim.

Josiah Arnold Meiring, 24, of Toledo and his cousin, Zane Jerome Stevens, 18, of Erie are charged with arson of insured property, according to a news release from the Michigan State Police post in Monroe. They were arraigned Tuesday in Lenawee County District Court. Bond for each was continued at $5,000.

Meiring, the car’s owner, has a preliminary hearing scheduled for April 30 before District Judge Jonathan L. Poer.

Stevens has a preliminary hearing scheduled for Tuesday, April 23, before Poer.

Both are represented by attorney Amanda Andrews of Port Clinton, Ohio, according to district court records.

A state police fire investigator was called to investigate a car fire that happened late Feb. 9 in the area of Weston Road and Silberhorn Highway in Riga Township, according to the state police. Troopers were called to the scene at 11:31 p.m.

“Upon arrival, troopers found the charred remains of a 2016 Chevrolet Malibu, of which the flames had been extinguished by members of the Riga Township Fire Department,” the news release said. “Firefighters reported that the vehicle was fully engulfed at the time of their arrival.”

Troopers interviewed Meiring, who told them he saw flames coming from the dashboard while he was driving, the release said.

The car was towed from the scene for further investigation by a state police fire investigator. The Lenawee County Prosecutor’s Office authorized the charges April 5.

If convicted, Meiring and Stevens face up to 10 years in prison and a fine of $20,000 or three times the value of the burned property, whichever is greater.


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