Police investigating arson at Stanton business


By Elisabeth Waldon • Last Updated 4:50 pm on Thursday, April 25, 2013

This 1994 Mercury Tracer was destroyed by an arson on Saturday at Weatherbrook Auto Sales in Stanton. — Courtesy photo

 

STANTON — Police are investigating an arson that took place over the weekend at a Stanton business.

The Stanton Fire Department was called to a car fire at Weatherbrook Auto Sales at 106 S. State St. at 5:52 p.m. Saturday. The Stanton Police Department also responded to the scene.

Officers found a 1994 Mercury Tracer fully engulfed in flames. The fire was extinguished by firefighters, but the car was a total loss.

A Michigan State Police fire marshal examined the car and determined the cause of the fire was arson.

“It was just kind of a random thing,” said Stanton Police Chief Joe Patino. “It was kind of unusual, just in broad daylight.”

Weatherbrook Auto Sales is owned by Rudy and Pam Weatherington and son, Derek Wagner. Pam Weatherington said the burnt car was valued at an estimated $1,500. She said she has no idea who would want to do something like this at her family business.

“It happened right at the back door,” she said of the arson. “It’s violating, it’s upsetting.”

The Stanton Police Department is continuing to investigate. Michigan Arson Prevention is offering up to $5,000 in reward money for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the arsonist.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Stanton Police Department at (989) 831-4440 or the Michigan Arson Prevention at 1-800-44-ARSON.

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