CARSON CITY, Nev. (News 4 & Fox 11) — Two people were arrested after their car was reported stolen.
The Nevada State Police Highway Patrol responded to an abandoned vehicle call at the location of Golf Club Dr. and US-50 W beneath the underpass on Sept. 2 just before 6:30 a.m. The call described the vehicle as Audi SUV with unknown registration facing the wrong way in the travel lane and possibly on fire.
During the preliminary scene investigation, the passenger interior area of the vehicle was found burned, and a strong odor of gasoline was emitting from the interior of the vehicle. It was further learned that the vehicle had been reported stolen from the Reno area earlier that day.
An additional investigation was conducted jointly by multiple Nevada State Police Divisions, including the Highway Patrol Division, the Investigation Division and the State Fire Marshal. Authorities say the investigation produced probable cause that the registered owners of the vehicle, Dale and Stephanie Chapman, conspired with another person to facilitate the theft of the vehicle and set fire to the vehicle to defraud their insurance company.
Dale and Stephanie Chapman were arrested on Sept. 8 and charged with conspiracy to commit arson third degree and conspiracy grand larceny of an auto.
Both suspects were booked into the Carson City Detention Facility.
Officials say the investigation is ongoing, and further charges and arrests are anticipated.