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.
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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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