BELTON (June 28, 2012)-Three men were indicted Wednesday in Bell County in connection with two auto fires that authorities say were set because payments on the vehicles were too high and the men wanted the insurance money.
Affidavits in one of the cases say on April 19, Randy Rene Rosas and Robert Douglas Wolfe conspired to set fire to Wolfe's vehicle to collect insurance money on the pick up truck.
A Killeen police officer says he viewed a videotape of Wolfe's vehicle, which was left at a location where Rosas could easily find it, both before and after the fire started.
Rosas later made a statement to a USAA insurance investigator during which he admitted he and Wolfe hatched the plan to burn the truck and collect on insurance.
In an unrelated but similar case, Tawain Quincy McDowell was indicted for arson in connection with another car fire that prosecutors say was intentionally set.
An affidavit in that case says Killeen firefighters were sent to an apartment complex after a report of a car fire and when they arrived they found a Dodge Magnum with a fire burning on the front seat.
Officers interviewed McDowell at the scene, who first denied setting the blaze.
During subsequent interviews, however, McDowell admitted to officers he was stressed out over his car payments and placed a piece of lit paper on the front seat of the car, an affidavit says.