Nov 4, 2015 5:40 PM
DOVER - A luxury car was intentionally torched in the parking lot of an upscale apartment complex on Monday night, Dover police said.
The car, a 2015 Audi A3, was parked outside Building 14 at the Lilac Gardens Apartments around 11:30 p.m. when somebody walked up to the car and allegedly used gasoline to light it on fire.
“There’s not much left," said Christina Dufour, a girlfriend of the charred car's owner Elliott Field. “The flames were probably 18 to 20 ft. high," she said.
Dufour told NH1 News a police officer first knocked on her door Monday evening and informed her that the Audi was engulfed in flames.
“I woke Elliott up, and we came out and his car was completely torched to the ground," she said.
Dufour said that at first, she and Field believed the car - which had been parked for about 6 hours prior to the blaze - may have had engine or electrical issues.
They decided to ask their property manager to review surveillance video from two security cameras outside their complex, and they were shocked at what they saw.
"There was an individual who walked right up to his car, and 9 minutes later it was on fire," Dufour said.
Police detectives were called to the scene to investigate.
As of Wednesday afternoon, authorities had not yet identified a suspect - but they did release surveillance video showing what happened.
"It’s clearly an intentional fire that was set by somebody," said Dover Police Lt. Brant Dolleman.
Dolleman said the department is actively seeking the public's help in locating a suspect. He would not confirm if a gas can was discovered at the scene of the alleged arson crime.
"To the best of our knowledge, Elliott doesn’t have ... any enemies," Dufour said.
The luxury car, which Field had leased just 6 months ago, burned for about 15 minutes before the flames were extinguished by the Dover Fire Dept.
Anyone with information on who may be responsible can call the Dover Police Crime Line, which is anonymous, at 749-6000 or visit this website.
"It was pretty scary, and very shocking to say the least," said Dufour. “We’re certainly wondering who it was and what the motive was for sure.”
Take a look at the surveillance video below:
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