Court Documents: Arson victims say they thought they were meeting teen from Craigslist

Posted at 8:04 PM, Oct 27, 2015
and last updated 2015-10-28 06:24:54-04

Virginia Beach, Va. - Two cars were burned in the same spot two nights in a row back in June, and investigators are still trying to figure out what happened.

It’s a crime that had people in the Ocean Park neighborhood of Virginia Beach both concerned and worried.

New court documents give insight into what authorities think happend.

Two cars were set on fire in the same spot along Stratford Road in Virginia Beach.  The first one on June 24 and the other 24 hours later on June 25th.

A search warrant for Craigslist states drivers of both cars told investigators that they went to that location under the impression they were meeting up with a teenage girl they were communicating with on Craigslist.

It states both victims were lured by text message away from their car once they arrived at the location.  They went to search for the teenage girl, but when they couldn’t find the teen they returned to find their car on fire.

No one has been arrested.

Firefighters and police said they are working together on this case.

Virginia Beach Fire Department Public Information Officer Art Kohn said, "At this time, the case does remain under investigation.  It’s not uncommon for a case, particularly arson cases, to take some time, and as new leads develop sometimes cases can be drawn out even longer.”

We went to the home of a man whose car was set on fire.

Bryce Anglen said he met people on Craigslist that invited him to a party.

“They said, 'Park the car down the street and we’ll meet,' and then when I got down there, the car was on fire.”

It was his father’s car that was destroyed and he said this has been a learning experience.

“I’ve learned my lesson," said Anglen.

"We are pursuing everything we have right now. We are going over all the evidence and as soon as we have something else, we will certainly bring that forward to the public,” said Kohn.