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Man working graveyard shift gets video from girlfriend. It’s his Audi on fire.

Amanda Barr. Arson Suspect.
Amanda Barr. Arson Suspect. Modesto Police Dept.

A Modesto man was working the graveyard shift when his girlfriend allegedly set their home and his vehicle on fire, then sent him video of one of the fires.

Amanda Barr, 32, was arrested on suspicion on arson Tuesday afternoon. She’d been wanted since the fire at the home on Wild Poppy Court, southeast of Pelandale Avenue and Carver Road, on March 10.

The Modesto and Ceres Fire Departments responded to the home just after 3 a.m. and found a fire in the upstairs master bedroom, according to Lt. Dave Hutchinson, commander of the Stanislaus Regional Fire Investigation Unit.

Investigators reviewed security camera footage in and around the home and determined Barr set the fire, Hutchinson said.

After the fire at the home Barr then drove her boyfriend’s Audi to downtown Stockton and allegedly set a fire in the backseat.

Hutchinson said she took video of the vehicle on fire and sent it to her boyfriend, as well as a second video of herself in which she blames the victim for the fires.

She told investigators she has substance abuse problems and sometimes becomes paranoid that her boyfriend is being unfaithful.

Damages to the home were estimated to cost $150,000 and the vehicle $18,000, Hutchinson said.

On Tuesday Modesto Police Officers with the Community Engagement Team, which addresses issues related to homelessness, spotted Barr pushing a shop cart in an alleyway off Leveland Lane, behind businesses on McHenry Avenue. They learned she was wanted for arson and arrested her without incident.

Barr is being held at the Stanislaus County Jail, with bail set at $200,000.

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