Man charged with setting car on fire in Thomasville


Micky Ray Tolbert (Mugshot provided by: Thomasville Police)

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THOMASVILLE, N.C. — Thomasville police say a man was arrested after he set fire to a vehicle that had a propane tank inside.

Officers responded around 1:15 a.m. Tuesday to a report of a vehicle fire at 4026 Ball Park Road.

Police say the owner of the vehicle — a 1994 GMC minivan — was able to extinguish the blaze before they arrived.

According to police, an investigation revealed 60-year-old Micky Ray Tolbert had intentionally set fire to the interior of the van. A 20-pound tank of propane was inside the van at the time, they said.

“The victim and Micky Tolbert are acquaintances and this incident resulted from an ongoing dispute between the two,” Det. Steve Boles said. “The malicious damage by use of an explosive or incendiary resulted from the placement of a 20-pound propane tank on the inside of the vehicle when the fire was started.”

The propane tank did not explode, according to officials.

Tolbert is charged with breaking and entering a motor vehicle, burning of personal property and malicious damage by use of an explosive or incendiary.

The suspect is being held in the Davidson County Jail under a $25,000 secured bond. He has a court date set for July 31.

Damage to the van was estimated at $1,400.

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