Man accused of setting car on fire to get insurance money

Timothy Daniel Coots. Credit: Cherokee County Sheriff's Office
Timothy Daniel Coots. Credit: Cherokee County Sheriff's Office

A Cherokee County man has been charged with arson after he allegedly set his vehicle on fire outside a car shop in Cobb County.

Timothy Daniel Coots, 35, is charged with one count each of first degree arson, insurance fraud and giving false statements, Cobb County Fire and Emergency Services said. The investigation began the morning of April 16 when firefighters responded to a call at Jokers Audio & Wheels at 2925 Canton Road in Marietta.

Cobb County Fire chief investigator Brian Beaty said Coots’ vehicle, a 2011 Cadilla CTS coupe, had been parked outside the shop “for some months” before it caught fire. Another vehicle, a 2006 Hummer H2, was also damaged in the fire, said Cobb County fire spokeswoman Denell Boyd.

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Coots’ car had previously been serviced by the shop, which provides vehicle wraps, custom wheel and tires and audio equipment, Beaty said.

“We don’t believe there was any problem with any of the devices,” Beaty said of the previous service Coots received from the business. “We knew from the fire movement patterns that this as intentional.”

Beaty said investigators believe Coots’ alleged actions were “financially motivated” by an insurance claim. The charges Coots faces are all felonies, Beaty added.

Coots was taken into custody Monday in Cherokee County, and will be transported to the Cobb County Jail. Anyone with information about the case is asked to call 770-499-3869.

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