EAST TAWAS – More than $80,000 in damages was reported to authorities recently, by those from Dean Arbour Chevrolet Cadillac of East Tawas.
According to the Michigan State Police (MSP), troopers were dispatched to the dealership at 12:20 a.m. on Monday, June 8, for a vehicle fire.
Responders found two automobiles in flames at the business – which is located on US-23 – and a reward is being offered for information leading to the arrest of the person responsible.
According to Assistant Commander of the MSP West Branch Post, Lt. Michael Brown, dealership representatives advised that the cost of the damage is $39,635 for one vehicle, and $41,245 for the other. Each automobile is a 2020 Chevy Traverse.
In addition to the troopers being dispatched, Brown says that the East Tawas Fire Department responded to the scene to extinguish the fire, and that an MSP accelerant detection canine unit was utilized at the site, as well. Further, the MSP Fire Investigation Unit is also assisting West Branch Post troopers.
“Physical evidence obtained during the investigation is being analyzed by the MSP Forensic Laboratory,” Brown added.
As of press time, there was no indication as to why someone damaged the vehicles, and Brown states that the arson is actively being investigated. An arrest had yet to be made, and suspect development was ongoing.
He noted that troopers are following up on leads, and will continue to do so.
Authorities have contacted area businesses regarding surveillance footage and, as of late last week, the collected footage was being analyzed.
“Anyone with information is urged to contact the MSP West Branch Post at 989-345-0956, or may also contact Trooper Josh Smith directly at 989-255-2140,” said Brown.
Also, the Michigan Arson Reward Program is offering up to $5,000 for information leading to the arrest of the person responsible. The Michigan Arson Tip Line can be reached by dialing 1-800-44ARSON.
When asked if there had been any other similar events reported in the area recently, Brown answered that this is believed to be an isolated incident.
Should more details be made available, an update will be shared in a future edition of this publication.