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Clearwater Woman Apprehended on Suspicion of Torching Car She Thought Belonged to Ex-Boyfriend

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A Clearwater woman was arrested on Saturday morning after being recorded while allegedly torching a car she believed belonged to her ex-boyfriend.

Nineteen-year-old Carmen Chamblee was arrested by officers from the Clearwater Police Department after a week-long search. She is accused of setting fire to a white, four-door compact car at the corner of Blanche B. Littlejohn Trail and Palm Bluff Street on August 28.

Witnesses told police that they saw a woman fitting her description leaving the scene of the conflagration on a bicycle. Police released a video depicting that woman (whom they identify as Chamblee) adding fuel to a fire burning in the vehicle's open trunk, then walking away from it.

Upon her arrest, detectives say she believed the torched vehicle to be that of her ex-boyfriend. However, authorities indicate that the vehicle was not his property.

Chamblee, who celebrated her nineteenth birthday twenty-four days ago, was booked into Pinellas County Jail just before noon on Saturday. She is being held on charges of second-degree arson, resisting an officer without violence, misdemeanor possession of cannabis, and probation violation. Her bond was set at $10,300.

The Law Offices of Bjorn Brunvand have been representing people charged with capital murder, felony drug charges, drunk driving, government fraud, and white-collar crimes for over a quarter century. Contact our office today to discuss your Tampa Bay-area state or federal charges.

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