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Police: A Florida man thought a neighbor stole his lawn mower, so he set his Corvette on fire

Brandon Rivera was arrested by the Edgewater police department after he was accused of lighting his neighbor's car on fire. [Volusia County Sheriff's Office]
Published Feb. 27, 2018

EDGEWATER — A Florida man is accused of setting his neighbor's car on fire last week because he suspected the neighbor of stealing his lawn mower.

On Feb. 20, Brandon Rivera, 38, was so frustrated with his neighbor that he set a 1984 Chevrolet Corvette — which belonged to a married couple living next door — on fire, according to WKMG in Orlando.

Rivera told authorities he thought the couple was stealing various items from him, including his lawn mower.

According to WKMG, Rivera tried to pour gasoline through a cracked window in the car, but when that didn't work he opened the door and dumped the gasoline on the driver's seat before igniting it with a lighter.

Rivera then shut the door because he thought the fire appeared small, according to police.

The couple's roommate roommate used a garden hose to put out the fire, according to WKMG.

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