Cops: Woman Set Fire to Guy's Car, Only It Wasn't Her Ex's

The 19-year-old was caught on surveillance video in Florida
By Elizabeth Armstrong Moore,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 6, 2016 7:21 AM CDT
A burnt out car stands in a street in Berlin, Germany, in this 2011 file photo.   (AP Photo/dapd, Oliver Lang)

(Newser) – A young woman police have identified through surveillance video as 19-year-old Carmen Chamblee is charged with setting fire to a Honda Civic in Clearwater, Fla., and she says she thought it was her ex-boyfriend's, reports WFTS. It wasn't. Thomas Jennings, the man who owned the vehicle, says he's "never seen her in my life." Adding to the crime's oddity, the woman in the video first loiters around another vehicle, peering in the windows, before making her way to the Honda.

Chamblee has been booked on second-degree arson charges and her bail is set at $10,000, reports KTLA. Her arrest was announced several days after the local police posted a clip from the surveillance video on its Facebook page and received multiple tips from the public. The case isn't without precedent, adds the New York Daily News: A woman from Jacksonville set a man's car on fire in 2014 because he wouldn't buy her a McFlurry. (Here's how not to burn a building down.)

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