ROWAN COUNTY — A Concord man and two juveniles were arrested and are facing arson charges for burning cars and structures in at least three counties, according to the Rowan County Sheriff’s Office.
Cam Lee Rowland, 19, of Southeast Fairport Drive in Concord, was charged with setting fire to at least seven cars in a car lot on Smith Road in Kannapolis. He also admitted to setting fire to two structures and two vehicles in Mooresville.
A 16-year-old and a 14-year-old also were charged.
Deputies say there could be other charges in Cabarrus County.
Just before 6 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 1, Scott Beaver, owner of Beaver’s Pre-owned Honda in Kannapolis, reported there were cars on fire at his lot.
Deputies said Beaver heard a pop, and then he looked outside and saw the cars were engulfed in flames.
Beaver told deputies that he used his forklift to move the vehicles to prevent the fire from spreading, according to deputies.
The following vehicles at the auto dealership were damaged by fire — a 2004 Acura, a 2003 Chevrolet Suburban, a 1996 Honda Accord, a 2004 Honda CRV, a 2008 Acura MDX, a 2006 Honda Ridgeline and a 2005 Acura MDX. The vehicles were valued at $2,000 to $8,000 each.
Deputies said Rowland admitted to burning the cars.
Just after 3 a.m. Saturday, firefighters responded to a structure fire on Mackwood Road in Mooresville. Fire officials said the structure was fully engulfed in flames and the roof had collapsed.
Not long after, deputies said, a house on Shinnville Road in Mooresville was set on fire.
Deputies said a 911 caller described a vehicle parked in the driveway of the burning structure on Shinnville Road. Investigators then saw a similar vehicle being driven past the scene on Mackwood Road.
The vehicle was stopped by Mooresville police. Deputies said the occupants admitted to setting both structures on fire.
Rowland was also charged with setting two vehicles on fire in the Coddle Creak Highway area of Mooresville.
Rowland is in jail with a total bond of $85,000.