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One arrested, one wanted in vehicle fire

Posted at 3:25 PM, Apr 03, 2019
and last updated 2019-04-03 16:25:44-04

Lafayette Fire investigators are looking for a Lafayette woman in connection with a car fire that happened in January.

Teralyn Broussard, 31, the owner of the car, is wanted on a warrant for arson with intent to defraud. Her  boyfriend, Courtney Crouchet, 34, turned himself in yesterday and was booked with arson with intent to defraud and criminal mischief.

Courtney Crouchet Courtesy LPSO

Firefighters were called to a vehicle fire on January 20 at about 4 a.m. at Deballion Park. They found a vehicle fully involved; they put out the fire and tried to determine who the car belonged to, a spokesman said. A short time later, Crouchet reported the vehicle stolen. Investigators continued looking into the fire, as a car theft and arson, but determined that the vehicle had been set on fire intentionally, allegedly to collect insurance on it.

Courtesy Lafayette Fire Department

Investigators believe the vehicle was falsely reported stolen and moved to the location where it was torched, a spokesman said.

The investigation is ongoing. Investigators believe others may have been involved in the vehicle fire. Anyone with information is asked to contact Lafayette Fire Department at 291-8716 or Crime Stoppers 232-TIPS.