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Posted on: February 28, 2018

[ARCHIVED] Jury: Man Guilty of Using Molotov Cocktail, Gas to Set Lancaster Auto-Repair Shop Ablaze


A Lancaster man was convicted Tuesday of setting fire to a city repair shop, causing nearly $400,000 in damages.

A Lancaster County jury convicted 37-year-old Andy Irizarry of felony arson and conspiracy regarding the Dec. 10, 2016, fire at Doctor Tire, 444 South Prince Street.

The jury deliberated about 20 minutes before deciding the case Tuesday about 2 p.m.

First Assistant District Attorney Christopher P. Larsen presented evidence that a Molotov cocktail was thrown into a window of the repair shop, and additional gasoline was used to set the building ablaze.

No one was inside at the time.

Lancaster County Judge Donald Totaro presided over the trial and will order sentence after a background check is completed in about two months.

At the verdict, Judge Totaro raised Irizarry’s bail to $1 million, which was not posted.

Larsen also presented surveillance videos that showed a Lexus being parked at the Spring House Brewing Company on Hazel Street and individuals getting out and walking to the shop.

The individuals returned to the Lexus and drove to a nearby Turkey Hill. Irizarry purchased a quantity of gas. The Lexus returned to the shop.

Lancaster city police Detective Adam Dommel filed charges.

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