Decades-Old Grudge Leads to Torched Cars at Indiana Dealership


We’ve heard of holding grudges, but what happened at an Indiana car dealership recently has set our minds on fire.

Fort Wayne is where 79-year-old Dewey Frederick was apparently sufficiently fired-up by a 1986 sale that he lit four cars across two car lots owned by the O’Daniel Automotive Group ablaze.

Frederick purchased a Jeep from O’Daniel way back in the heyday of hair metal and claimed it had a bad engine and that the dealer group never rectified the situation. His long-simmering grudge led to $82,800 in damage, with a 2019 Jeep Compass, 2020 Jeep Cherokee, and 2013 GMC Acadia being torched. It all started with a road flare dropped into the Compass’s fuel-filler line.

Apparently not content, Frederick drove to the other lot and dropped another road flare into a Pontiac Solstice, cutting the roadster’s roof to do so.

Frederick’s anger didn’t just flare up after years on the back burner — he apparently super-glued the locks on his Jeep way back in the day.

According to the Washington Post, Frederick was “charged Saturday with four counts of arson and now faces eight to 48 years in prison if convicted of all four felonies.”

He also apparently said that “it was time for the chickens to return to roost”.

Frederick’s own return to the dealership appears to have ended with him getting roasted.

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