As more people struggle financially, law enforcement officials and insurance investigators are seeing a spike in the torching, burying, sinking and dumping of vehicles by owners trying to get out from under hefty car payments.
One man was behind on his car payments, so he got his buddies to steal his vehicle and dismantle it.
Another guy with six-figure credit card debt enlisted someone — who turned out to be a police informant — to steal his motor home.
Both filed bogus claims with insurance companies.
But these, and others like them, all got busted.
Investigators say the people who commit the crimes — called "owner give-ups" — are not your usual suspects.
"Most of them have never been in trouble before, but they lost their job, had a decrease in income or some problem and they can’t afford their vehicle," said Dallas County sheriff’s investigator Tom Reilly. "They don’t want to ruin their credit."
You can read more in a report by Staff Writer Melody McDonald, who also produced a related video. Get all of it here.