Roger Duane Garrett Torched His Car For Insurance Money, Tells Police He’s Friends With Prostitutes | September 27
Port Saint John: Florida man Roger Duane Garrett was arrested after a scheme unraveled where he torched a vehicle in order to collect the insurance money. In the process, Garrett caused a brush fire that destroyed over 300 acres.
The brushfire threatened nearby residences, a horse rescue, and students, teachers, and staff at Space Coast Jr./Sr. High School could not be released at the end of the school day for their safety.
According to reports, on April 17, 2019 the Brevard County Fire Department requested the assistance of the Florida State Division of Investigative and Forensic Services for the Bureau of Fire, Arson, and Explosives for a vehicle fire on an access road just off Golfview Avenue.
Investigators were able to determine that the burned 2012 Mazda 3 belonged to 41-year-old Roger Duane Garrett. While investigators were on the scene, Garrett contacted the Brevard County Sherriff’s Office to report that his vehicle was stolen.
Garrett told investigators that he had left the keys in his vehicle the night before and that he didn’t give anyone permission to use it. He claimed that while he was current on his vehicle payments but that he was not currently working and had been using his 401K account for money and that he was struggling financially.
When asked who he typically associates with, the man admitted to being friends with a number of prostitutes. As police started investigating, they came across one of his ladies of the night “Lanna.” Investigators determined that the woman had posted pictures and video to SnapChat bragging about burning a vehicle for insurance money.
The woman told police that Garrett had admitted to her that he burned his vehicle to collect on the insurance. A further investigation led to police locating a number of images on the woman’s SnapChat of Garrett’s vehicle engulfed in flames.
Roger Duane Garrett was charged with second-degree arson, conspiracy to commit arson, burning to defraud, conspiracy to commit burning to defraud, insurance fraud, conspiracy to commit insurance fraud, illegal dumping, disruption of a school function, and disposing of lighted substance.
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