Truck in Gray's Lake Related to Business Fire - ABC5 News Des Moines, IA

Truck in Gray's Lake Related to Business Fire

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Addie Olson


A truck that was found in Gray's Lake Friday morning belonged to the owner of a business that was set on fire.

Scott Mishler is the owner of Accurate Hydraulics and Machine Services Inc. on Ohio Street in Des Moines. He woke up to bad news from police early Friday morning, and his day only got worse as it went on.

"I got on the phone with them, they told me there had been a fire at my business," Mishler said. "I asked how bad, and they said, 'it's bad.'"

When Mishler arrived on the scene of his scorched shop, he received another blow – his flatbed truck was stolen from its garage.

Police recovered the truck this morning from the bottom of Gray's Lake.

Sgt. Jason Halifax of the Des Moines P.D. said the truck could have been stolen and dumped in the lake last minute.

"Just to deprive them of that property, kind of going to add insult to injury. 'I burned your place down, now I'm going to trash your truck as well'," he said.

The fire department ruled the case as arson. It caused about $200,000 worth of damage to the shop.

There are no suspects in the case yet. Whoever caused all the damage may have left a message.

"There were some things written on the wall inside the business, that makes it appear as though it was a customer who was dissatisfied with their service there," Halifax said.

Mishler doesn't think that's the case.

"I think they did that just to throw the officers off, I think they wanted them to look at the direction of one of my customers who might have been upset, but I don't think that was it," Mishler said.

He doesn't have any idea who it might be, and police urge anyone with information to come forward.

"Just trying to figure out how I'm going to put everything back together, what it's going to take to do that and where do you start," said Mishler.

The suspect or suspects also stole tools from the shop. Mishler said he thought the incident could have been a robbery that got out of hand.

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