Car Fire in Riverview Cemetery

Photo courtesy of Riverview Police and Fire Chief Clifford Rosebohm. This White Pontiac grand Prix was stolen from Colonial Village Apartments and set on fire at Ferndale Cemetery.

Photo courtesy of Riverview Police and Fire Chief Clifford Rosebohm. This White Pontiac grand Prix was stolen from Colonial Village Apartments and set on fire at Ferndale Cemetery.

RIVERVIEW — Firefighters extinguished a car fire in Ferndale Cemetery, 14732 Sibley Road, at 4:39 a.m. Sept. 30.

Witnesses saw the white 2008 Pontiac Grand Prix burning in the northwest corner of the cemetery and altered police. The fire department was contacted and quickly put out the fire.

Police were able to get a vehicle identification number off of the vehicle and contacted the owner about 6 a.m.

The owner of the vehicle told police he last saw his vehicle, which he was planning on selling, parked outside his apartment building the previous afternoon.

He had reported the keys missing to the management of the complex a “couple weeks ago.” The only other set of keys was in his sister’s possession, for “emergencies.”

A witness reported seeing a suspicious white male, wearing an orange hooded sweatshirt that covered his face, light colored blue jeans, and tennis shoes walking west through the cemetery from the north end about 3:30 a.m.

Police took photographs of the scene and an investigation is ongoing.

— Charity B. Smith

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