KOSCIUSKO — A Pierceton man was arrested after police say he set a vehicle on fire because he owed money on it.
Blake D. Dull, 24, 407 W. Elm St., Pierceton, is being charged with arson, a level 4 felony.
On Sunday, April 7, an officer with the Kosciusko County Sheriff’s Office responded to a report of a vehicle on fire in the area of CR 600W and CR 1050N, Milford.
According to the affidavit of probable cause, when the officer arrived, the vehicle was fully engulfed in flames. Located near the burning vehicle was a vehicle service contract bearing the name of Dull and a female subject. The burning vehicle was a 2012 Chevy Malibu 2LT.
The officer talked with the female subject listed on the contract. She advised that she owned the vehicle but that it belonged to her son, Dull.
Dull admitted to setting the vehicle on fire because he owes money on it and that his mother couldn’t afford the payments because he was going to jail for a long time. He was recently arrested on March 19 for drug charges, with a $25,250 surety and cash bond.
The officer also talked with an office manager at Community Wide Federal Credit Union. The manager said the female took a loan out on Aug. 7, 2017, in the amount of $15,879 for the vehicle. The current balance on the loan is $8,549.23.
Dull was booked in the Kosciusko County Jail on April 17, with a $30,250 surety and cash bond.