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Friday, 24 October 2014 00:00

Suspect in CA Body Shop Arson Identified

The damage done to two vehicles and the rear building of a body shop during an arson fire in Pasadena will cost about $375,000. The cars were parked at Alliance Auto Shop, 826 S. Arroyo Parkway, on September 27.

DNA evidence recovered from the scene links a suspect to the arson, officials announced on October 16.

According to reports by, Pasadena fire officials and arrest records state that Jesse Cole Nicholas, 30, was already in jail on unrelated cases when the DNA on a stolen car linked him to the fire.

Surveillance footage from the business shows a man hopping a fence and breaking into cars at Alliance Auto Body hours before the fire ignited, officials said. He then stole a car, fled, and eventually returned several hours later and broke into several more vehicles, and set fire to a car parked in the rear building, authorities stated according to

Nicholas was convicted prior to the arson charges with violating the terms of his Post-Release Community Supervision from another, unrelated conviction.

On October 15, a fire investigator interviewed Nicholas from his jail cell. The investigators will make their case with the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office the week of October 20, according to

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