Todd Alan Cox.
The owner of a San Marcos transmission store has been charged with arson in the destruction by fire of his own business.
San Marcos fire investigators have arrested and charged the Todd Alan Cox, 41, of Corpus Christi, and charged him with arson, engaging in organized crime, insurance fraud and hindering prosecution.
Cox was arrested at the end of a 13-month investigation concerning the fire at the AAMCO Transmission store, which was located at 1206 SH 123 in San Marcos.
Cox, who owned the AAMCO store, is being held at the Hays County Law Enforcement Center on $285,000 bond.
San Marcos Fire Rescue responded to a structure fire on July 25, 2008, at the site. San Marcos Police Officer Joyce Bender was on patrol when she saw suspicious activity at the business and made the call.
Bender saw the fire erupt and arrested three men running from the scene, including one who was on fire.
Michael Rodriguez, now 19, Adam Rodriguez, now 30, and Jeremy Garcia, now 20, were all taken into custody at the scene and charged with arson. Garcia was the man who was on fire.
Further investigation into the cause of the fire led to the arrest of Rodolfo Deluna, now 39, and San Marcos store manager Alan Gilley, now 30. Gilley remains out on bond pending trial.
Deluna, Michael Rodriguez and Adam Rodriguez were convicted of arson, engaging in organized crime, and burglary. They are serving eight-year sentences. Garcia was sentenced to 63 years in prison for his role in the crime.
Multiple agencies assisted in the 13-month investigation, including the Hays County Fire Marshals Office, San Marcos Police Department, San Antonio Arson Bureau, ATF, Texas Department of Insurance – Fraud Unit, and New Braunfels Fire Investigation.Email | Print