A West Palm Beach woman stole her son’s car and set it on fire in order to free him from the financial burden it was causing him, according to the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office.
Deputies said they found a burned vehicle in the 24500 block of State Road 80, near Wellington, in August and determined the car had been set on fire. The next day, the car’s owner reported it stolen and police told him it had been destroyed.
He told them he had returned from a trip to Orlando and noticed his car was missing, according to the arrest report.
About three weeks later, the man came back to deputies and said he had figured out who had burned his car: his mom, Evangelista.
He said sometimes his mom would take his car and use it, according to the report, and recently she had told him that she was the one who burned the car. He told deputies she wanted to ease his financial responsibilities by burning it, according to the report.
She told deputies she doused the car in gasoline and ignited it using a grill lighter. She chose the secluded spot off the Arthur R. Marshall Loxahatchee National Wildlife Refuse as a good spot to get rid of it because no one was around.
Evangelista is charged with arson. She was released from the Palm Beach County Jail Thursday on $3,000 bail.