PITTSBURGH (CBS Pittsburgh) – A Westmoreland County man is facing multiple charges after police say he falsely reported his vehicle as stolen then set it on fire.
Earlier this month, state police say 54-year-old Donald Cassidy of West Newton reported his vehicle as stolen.READ MORE: Pedestrian Killed After Being Hit By 2 Cars In South LA; 3 Witnesses That Tried To Help Him Sought For Questioning
A few days later, the vehicle was found off of White Ridge Road in Mt. Pleasant Township. Police say it had been set on fire and it was unrecognizable. A VIN number on the back of the vehicle matched one belonging to Cassidy, police say.READ MORE: Calif. Ranked 12 On List Of All US States From Best To Worst
After taking his phone and executing a search warrant, police say a look through his Google history turned up the search, “how to set your car on fire and make it look like an accident.”MORE NEWS: Jacob Alan Wright, 19, Arrested In Murders Of Rancho Cucamonga Woman, Her 8-Year-Old Daughter
He’s facing charges of arson, false reports and risking a catastrophe.