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Stolen vehicle from Delmont found burning in Wagner

WAGNER -- Law enforcement is seeking information regarding a stolen vehicle that was found burning near the airport in Wagner. At about 1:50 a.m. Sunday, Wagner police officers responded to a call of a vehicle fire on 298th Street, north of the W...

WAGNER - Law enforcement is seeking information regarding a stolen vehicle that was found burning near the airport in Wagner.

At about 1:50 a.m. Sunday, Wagner police officers responded to a call of a vehicle fire on 298th Street, north of the Wagner Municipal Airport, according to officials from the Wagner Police Department and Douglas County Sheriff's Office.

At the scene, Officer Brian McGuire, also a member of the fire department, used a fire extinguisher to put out the blaze, but the vehicle's interior was destroyed, said Wagner Police Officer DesaRae' Gravatt.

The vehicle was registered to Walter Stoebner, of Delmont, who said the vehicle was stolen. Stoebner last saw the vehicle during the afternoon of July 9, said Douglas County Deputy Dustin Palmquist.

An officer on site "could definitely tell the fire was started from inside the car," Gravatt said, leading police to believe the fire was set intentionally to cover up evidence related to the theft.

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"We do think the fire was started so that the evidence inside, fingerprints and things like that, were destroyed," Gravatt said.

While there are no suspects, Gravatt said the motive of the theft for now appears to be "getting from one place to another."

Wagner police are asking for information the public may have regarding the incident. Potential charges include arson and grand theft.

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