That night, around 12:30 a.m., police officers from the Draguignan police station received a call from a witness reporting the fire in the vehicle. He told the police that the day before he had seen a man carrying out repairs on one of the two cars.
The same witness also reported seeing a person of the same build, masked, ignite the vehicle using a piece of cardboard and a can of petrol. Something to put the chip in the ear of the police…
He could not afford to repair his vehicle.
With the help of CCTV cameras, the police quickly recognize and suspect one of the owners.
After lodging a complaint at the police station, he was interrogated and then taken into police custody.
The 40-year-old Dracénois will eventually recognize the facts and explain that he set fire to his vehicle for lack of funds to repair it.
The man is subject to a summons by a coroner’s officer (COPJ) in March next year, before a criminal court. He risks five years in prison and a fine of 375,000 euros for insurance fraud.