Stamford Police blame car fire on arson

December 26, 2011 by  

A stolen luxury car was purposely set on fire, according to Stamford Police. The torched 2007 BMW was found next to the Dorothy Heroy Municipal Park shortly before 2 a.m. on Monday, December 5.

“Someone intentionally lit that car on fire. It was totally burnt, to where the fire melted the front bumper off the car,” explained Stamford Police Sgt. Peter DiSpagna.

Needless to say, the vehicle was destroyed. The owner of the BMW had been away from home that weekend and wasn’t aware his vehicle had been taken, according to DiSpagna.

Police say some type of flammable substance was used to set fire to the car only a few hours after it was reported stolen in Stamford. Originally called in as a bush fire near the secluded park, firefighters soon discovered the actual source of the flames when they found the burning car that had been dragged away to the woods.

Catalog printing that involve motor vehicles, such as the Blue Book, estimate the going price for a used vehicle based on a various factors such as mileage and its overall condition. The vehicle in this case had an estimated value of $45,000. The motive for setting the car remains unclear.

Arson cases in general have gone down in Stamford in recent years. Five arson cases have been reported so far in 2011, compared to eight intentionally set fires in 2009, according to figures provided by the website Property crimes overall have fallen in Stamford over the last decade while violent crimes have risen. The Stamford crime rate remains lower than the state of Connecticut as a whole.