It seems fire departments across the nation have been busy responding to a rash of vehicle fires lately.
The working theory is, people who took out loans or leases on cars and can't afford the payments during the economic downturn are torching their own vehicles to collect insurance money.
Cops though are onto the new trend. They are suspicious of vehicle fires, especially if the car was stolen first. Most car thieves will just abandon a car when they're through with it - not torch it.