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Five vehicles destroyed by arson in Muscatine early Saturday
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Five vehicles destroyed by arson in Muscatine early Saturday

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The remains of three motorcycles, a car and a truck that were intentionally set on fire early Saturday morning. 

MUSCATINE — The 1982 Honda Goldwing was the motorcycle that Christopher Locey’s father used to take his mother to the hospital on when she was in labor with him. It was the motorcycle many of his family members had their first ride on. It was the one his father handed down to his brother Jesse, who planned to hand it down to his son.

At about 4:30 a.m. Saturday, Locey felt nothing but shock when the police came to his door and informed him the motorcycle, along with two other motorcycles and a car and truck parked on either side of them, were on fire.  Five vehicles were reportedly totaled by a fire that the Muscatine Police report was intentionally set and targeting the owners. The vehicles were a 1992 Honda motorcycle, a 1982 Honda motorcycle, a 1994 Suzuki motorcycle, a 2003 Chevy Avalanche and a 2015 Ford Fusion.

“We followed the police outside,” he remembers. “The fire department was by our vehicles. The vehicles were completely destroyed. The Goldwing and sports bike belonged to my brother Jess, the same with the truck, and the Suzuki Intruder and the car belonged to me. It looks like the person was targeting the Goldwing because that was the main vehicle that got hit.”

According to a press release from the Muscatine Police Department, in the early morning hours of Oct. 17, officers responded to a report of two motorcycles being on fire at 3029 River Road. On arrival, officers found that three motorcycles appeared to have been set on fire. The fire also damaged two vehicles, which were parked on either side of the motorcycles. Further investigation indicates the fire had been intentionally set through the use of an accelerant.

“The police told us that a key witness had seen a blue van going up and down our block about six times,” Locey said. “I guess they didn’t realize someone was outside. The vehicle ended up stopping and somebody got out with a gas container and a rag that was stuffed in it, lit it on fire and tossed it at the vehicles.”

He said the Goldwing was a special motorcycle in his family. While his car was the only vehicle that had full coverage, with the others having liability insurance only, he says the family is hoping the police catch the responsible parties and have them pay for the losses. Still, he said, the Goldwing was priceless to the family.

A Go Fund Me page has been set up to help the family with expenses. It can be found at https://www.gofundme.com/f/family-affected-by-act-of-arson?utm_medium=copy_link&utm_source=customer&utm_campaign=p_lico+share-sheet.

Initial findings of the investigation indicate the victims may have been targeted and it is not believed there is an ongoing threat to the general public. No arrests have been made and the case remains under investigation.

“We value family more than possessions,” Locey said. “We are just happy no one was hurt.”

Anyone with information on the incident is asked to call Det. Jeff DeVrieze at (563) 263-9922 ext. 611.

— DAVID HOTLE/david.hotle@muscatinejournal.com

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