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Woman found to have torched her 2016 SUV with flamethrower

  • Julie Gagne, 47, was arrested on charges for arson, disorderly conduct and filing a false police report in Barrington, Illinois this week
  • She had reported that it was stolen on November 10 but by then she had already allegedly torched the SUV
  • Firefighters found the 2016 Infiniti SUV ablaze near a precious metal refinery
  • The Barrington native turned herself in to authorities on Tuesday and was released on a personal recognizance bond on Wednesday
  • According to police, Gagne used a X15 Flamethrower that was built by Ohio company XMatter to light the SUV up 

By Matthew Wright For Dailymail.com

Published: 18:25 EST, 26 November 2017 | Updated: 19:09 EST, 26 November 2017

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Julie Gagne, 47, was arrested on charges for arson, disorderly conduct and filing a false police report in Barrington, Illinois this week
Julie Gagne, 47, was arrested on charges for arson, disorderly conduct and filing a false police report in Barrington, Illinois this week

Julie Gagne, 47, was arrested on charges for arson, disorderly conduct and filing a false police report in Barrington, Illinois this week

An Illinois woman was found to have allegedly torched her Infiniti SUV with a flamethrower that she  purchased online. 

Julie Gagne, 47, was arrested on charges for arson, disorderly conduct and filing a false police report in Barrington, Illinois this week. 

On November 10, after the fire, she had reported her 2016 Infiniti QX70 stolen.

“She was at a restaurant, and she called to say her car was missing when she came out of the restaurant,” Schaumburg Deputy Police Chief Dan Roach said to the Arlington Cardinal. 

Firefighters located the SUV on fire near a precious metal refinery in the area.

Soon after that, Gagne retracted her statement that the Infiniti had been stolen. 

The Barrington native turned herself in to authorities on Tuesday and was released on a personal recognizance bond on Wednesday. 

She had reported that it was stolen on November 10 but by then she had already allegedly torched the SUV (stock)
She had reported that it was stolen on November 10 but by then she had already allegedly torched the SUV (stock)

She had reported that it was stolen on November 10 but by then she had already allegedly torched the SUV (stock)

According to police, Gagne used a X15 Flamethrower that was built by Ohio company XMatter to light the SUV up
According to police, Gagne used a X15 Flamethrower that was built by Ohio company XMatter to light the SUV up
According to police, Gagne used a X15 Flamethrower that was built by Ohio company XMatter to light the SUV up
According to police, Gagne used a X15 Flamethrower that was built by Ohio company XMatter to light the SUV up

According to police, Gagne used a X15 Flamethrower that was built by Ohio company XMatter to light the SUV up

A motive has not been determined by police, according to the paper. 

According to police, Gagne used a X15 Flamethrower that was built by Ohio company XMatter to light the SUV up. 

The flamethrower, which is legal to use in Illinois, is believed to have been bought online by the woman. 

Police said that it uses a mix of around three gallons of fuel and napalm, throwing flames up to 50 feet in away.

It had been left near the SUV and cost just around $1,600. 

 

 

 

 

 

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