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Volunteer firefighter torches his own SUV after it was stolen and may have been driven by minorities

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Matthew Bittner (Source: Bridgeport Police Dept./Monroe Volunteer Fire Dept. Facebook)

A Connecticut volunteer firefighter has been arrested and accused of burning his own SUV after it was stolen and he believed it was driven by minorities.

According to The CT Post, Matthew Bittner couldn’t live with the idea that his vehicle may have been driven by minorities.

His SUV was stolen in late October, recovered the next day, and then Bittner reported it stolen again on the third day. It was found soon again, but this time it was fully engulfed.

After the first recovery, Bittner had told police that he did not what the vehicle any longer because “of where it had been.”

As police were investigating the arson incident, they found a text chain between Bittner, a friend, and his girlfriend mocking residents and using racially charged language to describe residents of Bridgeport.

Bittner is a volunteer fireman with the Monroe Fire Department.



He’s being charged with first-degree arson, conspiracy to commit first-degree arson, tampering with evidence, making a false statement and insurance fraud.

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