San Marcos Mercury | Local News from San Marcos and Hays County, Texas

September 10th, 2009
Transmission shop owner arrested for 2008 arson

SUBMITTED REPORT

San Marcos fire investigators have arrested and charged the owner of a local AAMCO Transmission Store with multiple felonies following a 13-month investigation into a July 2008 fire that destroyed the local business.

Todd Alan Cox, 41, of Corpus Christi has been charged with arson, engaging in organized crime, insurance fraud and hindering prosecution. Cox is being held at the Hays County Law Enforcement Center. Bond is set at $285,000.

Cox is the owner of the AAMCO Transmission stores located in San Marcos, New Braunfels and San Antonio.

San Marcos Fire Rescue responded to a structure fire on July 25, 2008, at 1206 Texas 123 in San Marcos. The call was initiated by San Marcos Police Officer Joyce Bender who was on patrol when she saw suspicious activity at the business.

Bender saw the fire erupt and arrested three men running from the scene, including one on fire, Jeremy Garcia. Michael Rodriguez, now 19, Adam Rodriguez, 30, and Jeremy Garcia, 20, were all taken into custody at the scene and charged with arson.

Further investigation into the cause of the fire led to the arrest of Rodolfo Deluna, 39, and San Marcos store manager Alan Gilley, 30. Gilley remains out on bond pending trial.

Michael Rodriguez, Adam Rodriguez, and Rodolfo Deluna were convicted of arson, engaging in organized crime, and burglary and are serving eight year sentences. Jeremy 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, New Braunfels Fire Investigation.

— FROM THE CITY OF SAN MARCOS/MELISSA MILLECAM

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