PITTSBURGH (CBS Pittsburgh) – A Westmoreland County man is facing multiple charges after police say he falsely reported his vehicle as stolen then set it on fire.
Earlier this month, state police say 54-year-old Donald Cassidy of West Newton reported his vehicle as stolen.READ MORE: UPDATE: St. Pete Man Identified In Fatal Saturday Shooting
A few days later, the vehicle was found off of White Ridge Road in Mt. Pleasant Township. Police say it had been set on fire and it was unrecognizable. A VIN number on the back of the vehicle matched one belonging to Cassidy, police say.READ MORE: Pasco Schools May Eliminate Mask Requirement For Students By The End Of April
After taking his phone and executing a search warrant, police say a look through his Google history turned up the search, “how to set your car on fire and make it look like an accident.”MORE NEWS: Florida Man Sentenced To 40 Years For Sexual Battery Of A Child
He’s facing charges of arson, false reports and risking a catastrophe.