Troy car dealership arson suspect found guilty

By Will Sanders

December 19, 2013

Will E Sanders

Staff Writer


TROY —A Troy man who entered a car dealership where his car had been taken for repairs and intentionally lit it on fire entered a plea of no contest at a hearing in common please court Thursday.

Richard C. Eaton, 52, was found guilty by Judge Robert Lindeman of arson, a felony of the fourth-degree. Originally, Eaton’s charge was a third-degree felony.

Eaton, who remains jailed on a $50,000 bond, faces up to 18 months in prison, fines and restitution at his upcoming sentencing hearing, which is scheduled for Jan. 27.

Authorities say that on Nov. 6 Eaton was captured on surveillance entering the Joe Johnson Chevrolet dealership, 1375 S. Market St., Troy, and used paper towels to start a slow-burn fire underneath the driver’s side wheel well of a 1999 Cadillac that he owned.

The vehicle was taken to the dealership for a series of repairs that were never made.

As a result of the arson fire another vehicle, a 2013 Chevrolet Tahoe, also caught fire and both vehicles sustained “extensive fire damage,” according to police reports.