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Army sergeant accused of setting car ablaze in Tampa

TAMPA — A U.S. Army sergeant was arrested Sunday, accused of setting his own car ablaze and then calling 911 to report it stolen, police said.

James Neal Dunn, 28, called 911 ten times within 30 minutes just after 1 a.m. and told dispatchers his 2004 Ford SUV had been stolen, an arrest affidavit shows. Dispatchers told him the car had been impounded by police. At about 2 a.m., Tampa police officers arrested Dunn for misusing 911.

They searched Dunn and looked through his cell phone, which contained a text message that read, "truck burning, delete after received," an affidavit shows.

The burnt car was discovered by police late Saturday along South Armenia Avenue. Investigators determined the cause of the blaze was arson after they detected an accelerant inside the vehicle.

Dunn, of Tampa, faces second degree arson and misuse of 911 charges.

He was booked into the Hillsborough County jail, where he remained Monday morning without bail.

Army sergeant accused of setting car ablaze in Tampa 04/15/13 [Last modified: Monday, April 15, 2013 6:39am]
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