Man Arrested For Setting Fire To Vehicles At Car Lot

Four months after six vehicles at a Richmond car lot were destroyed by fire, police have made an arrest in the case.

19-year-old Justin Ryan Hyatt stands charged with 1st Degree Criminal Mischief.

Police say Hyatt drilled holes in several vehicles at Valentine Honda on the bypass in Richmond, trying to steal gas. The drilling sparked a fire and six new Honda Pilot SUVs burned up.

The damage was estimated at more than 230 thousand dollars.

Hyatt was arrested on Tuesday and is being held in the Madison County Detention Center. If convicted, he could face up to five years behind bars.


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  • by Cathy Location: Lexington on Jul 25, 2008 at 08:48 PM
    I am sure he understands and now that they have caught him young he will learn. You can't blame the family, they didnt raise him like that im sure....what mother and father would??? all you can do is hope he learns from his mistakes. we all make them.
  • by Julie Location: Winchester on Jul 17, 2008 at 06:18 AM
    I am sure the young man knew what he was doing was illegal. He needs to be locked up now, while he is young or we will be dealing with another career criminal. Rehabilitate him while there is still a chance. You cant blame parents for everyones mistakes. Unless he is mentally imcapable, i am sure he knew this wrong and he would pay the consequences if caught.
  • by BLACKSHEEP Location: EVERYWHERE on Jul 17, 2008 at 03:53 AM
    HEY WHY NOT? JUST THINK, FOR THE NEXT FEW YEARS THIS IDIOT WILL HAVE FREE ROOM AND BOARD, 3 SQUARE MEALS A DAY, FREE TV, FREE WATER, FREE ELECTRIC, NO JOB, AND CAN GET A FREE EDUCATION ALL ON US!!!
  • by Steve Location: Lexington on Jul 16, 2008 at 07:21 PM
    Heck, 6 months ago gas wasn't all that bad (3 bucks sounds like a bargain compared to now), and he was going as far as to drill gas tanks to steal gas? My goodness, this kid is 19 and already on the path to being a career criminal. If he went this far on his first theft-spree, then unless there's some BIG outside intervention, he should look forward to a lifetime of being in and out of jail.
  • by Johnny Watkins Location: London on Jul 16, 2008 at 07:05 PM
    if you can't sell them, burn them...somebody will have to pay for them.
  • by viewer on Jul 16, 2008 at 05:11 PM
    he is no sweety he is a thief I dont care about his home life why did he steal gas is to expensive if you just want to run around 1 to 5 is to easy on him make him work from now on and pay the damage things like this cost all of us on price of vehicles and insurance companies raise prices to us the consumer so plug up the bleeding hearts and give him the max
  • by kymom Location: lex on Jul 16, 2008 at 04:05 PM
    I knew this was coming. High gas prices are gonna start trends like this! They should make him work to pay off every penny of that $230,000. That would teach him!
  • by Teresa Location: Mt. Sterling on Jul 16, 2008 at 02:08 PM
    I want to know how much gas he was going to get. They don't leave enough gas in those tanks to get you home if you live across the street.
  • by Kendal Location: Lexington on Jul 16, 2008 at 11:30 AM
    Sweetie, what were you thinking? 19 years old? Bad home environment? No parenting? Really, 230,000.00 damage and now facing 1-5 years...all over trying to STEAL some gas!!!!! You'll be in my prayers!!!!
  • by tabatha Location: l-town on Jul 16, 2008 at 08:35 AM
    I want to know how exactly they know this was the young man who did this crime? months later i highly doubt they have enough evidence to confict him..and if he did do it he should be punished

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