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Man sets his own car on fire then reports it stolen

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A 54-year-old man is now without a car and facing several charges after he purposely set his car on fire and falsely claimed that it had been stolen.

Pittsburgh police say that Donald Cassidy of West Newton reported his vehicle stolen in early February.

During the investigation, authorities were able to locate his vehicle but say that the vehicle had been set on fire and was unrecognizable.  Despite the damage, authorities were still able to get a VIN Number off of the vehicle and matched Cassidy’s report.

Officials then got a search warrant and confiscated Cassidy’s phone.

According to the report, officials found that Cassidy Googled “How to set your car on fire and make it look like an accident,” before reporting the vehicle stolen.

He is now facing arson, false reports, and risking a catastrophe charges.