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Teen charged with arson, criminal mischief for car fire in Lincoln

Teen charged with arson, criminal mischief for car fire in Lincoln


A 19-year-old Lincoln man went to court Wednesday on third-degree arson and criminal mischief charges for allegedly starting a car fire in July that spread, causing significant damage to a garage and home as residents slept inside.

Lancaster County Sheriff's deputies brought Coltyn Vajgrt back from Seward County on Tuesday to face the felony charges.

A warrant had gone out for his arrest in August.

In court records, Police Sgt. David Lopez said that, shortly after 4 a.m. on July 14, a Lincoln woman woke to a car alarm sounding, looked out the window and saw her roommate's Ford Taurus engulfed in flames.

The flames spread to an attached garage, causing an estimated $40,000 in damage to the car and home on Northwest Ninth Street north of Fletcher Avenue.

Lopez said a fire investigator believed it had started by someone putting a piece of cardboard lit on fire in the car.

He said a man believed to be Vajgrt was caught on a home surveillance camera a block away from where the car was set on fire about 45 minutes before the call.

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Lori Pilger is a Norfolk native and University of Nebraska-Lincoln graduate who has been a public safety reporter for the Journal Star since 2005.

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