COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Police in Columbia say it was easy to find the suspect in the burning of a pickup truck at a Columbia car dealership — he was sitting on another vehicle, eating from a jar of peanut butter as he watched the blaze.
Authorities said 20-year-old Cody Allen has been charged with third-degree arson and malicious injury to property.
Firefighters were called to the Dick Smith dealership around 4 a.m. Thursday. When they arrived, authorities say they found the truck on fire and several other vehicles with their windows broken out.
Police estimate the damage to the vehicles at more than $60,000.
Allen is being held at the Richland County jail. It wasn’t clear if he had an attorney.
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