Damaged Car

MURFREESBORO, TN (WSMV) - Someone is breaking into cars and starting fires in them. In one case, it cost the owner his car.

The Murfreesboro Fire Department said it happened twice in the same day. One on Monroe Street and another on First Avenue on Tuesday.

The moment Jonathan Nowlen opens his car door, you can smell smoke. You can see what's left of the driver's seat and the seat belt.

"Just that maliciousness, that evilness, that's probably what bothered me most," Jonathan Nowlen, the victim said.

A burnt piece of paper inside the 2007 Nissan Xterra tells part of the story. Nowlen said the fire marshal told him the damage could've been worse if the vandals didn't close the door.

"In the middle of the night, it would've just been this engulfing fireball," Nowlen said.

His girlfriend is the one who found the car damaged on Tuesday. She noticed what looked like some sort of tint on the windows.

"I get a phone call and she says somebody burned my car," Nowlen said.

It's now been totaled by their insurance company. Nowlen said the $8,000 in damages cost more than the car.

They had to buy a new car that night.

He worries this could happen to someone else.

"It seems like if you live near campus, if you live near Middle Tennessee and Mercury, you need to be aware and you need to be alert," Nowlen said.

It's a warning Nowlen hopes will help as investigators look into the case.

"By the end, all you can really do is pack up and keep rolling and try to move on," Nowlen said.

Arson investigators said they aren't sure if the two cases are connected. They're trying to piece together any clues about who might be responsible.

So far, no one has been arrested.

WSMV.com is now with you on the go! Get the latest news updates and video, 4WARN weather forecast, weather radar, special investigative reports, sports headlines and much more from News4 Nashville.

>> Click/tap here to download our free mobile app. <<


Copyright 2019 WSMV (Meredith Corporation). All rights reserved.

Reporter

Cameron Taylor is a national Edward R. Murrow award-winning journalist who joined the News 4 team in December 2018.

Recommended for you

(0) comments

Welcome to the discussion.

Keep it Clean. Please avoid obscene, vulgar, lewd, racist or sexually-oriented language.
PLEASE TURN OFF YOUR CAPS LOCK.
Don't Threaten. Threats of harming another person will not be tolerated.
Be Truthful. Don't knowingly lie about anyone or anything.
Be Nice. No racism, sexism or any sort of -ism that is degrading to another person.
Be Proactive. Use the 'Report' link on each comment to let us know of abusive posts.
Share with Us. We'd love to hear eyewitness accounts, the history behind an article.