Lafayette man sentenced for arson in Von Tobel fire

A Lafayette man was sentenced for arson after starting several fires that caused damage to Von Tobel's Home Improvement store and Bob Rohrman Automobile Dealership in August of last year.

Posted: Jul 31, 2019 2:51 PM
Updated: Jul 31, 2019 3:21 PM

LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) — A Lafayette man was sentenced for arson after starting several fires that caused damage to Von Tobel's Home Improvement store and Bob Rohrman Automobile Dealership in August of last year.

Former Von Tobel employee, Jason Brady, was sentenced to 20 years, with 16 years to be served in the Indiana Department of Correction, 2 years on Tippecanoe County Community Corrections, and 2 years probation on his convictions of 3 felony counts of Arson. Brady was also ordered to pay restitution to Von Tobel in the amount of $202,919.53 and Bob Rohrman $162,813.00.

According to court documents, on August 22, 2018, crews responded to a fire at Von Tobel. Investigators determined the fire had multiple points of origin and was a set fire. On August 25th a second fire had been started overnight and it appeared someone had placed some flammable items between stacks of plywood to start the fire with about 15 sheets of plywood being damaged by the fire, which apparently burned out on its own.

On the morning of August 26, officers responded to a call of a third fire at Von Tobel. The fire damaged a building with roofing materials and a second building at Von Tobel, and there was also fire damage to several cars in the Bob Rohrman Lincoln car lot located just east of Von Tobel.

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