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Dumped ex held on $105,000 bail in torching of Palisades Park woman’s car

Photo Credit: Courtesy NY1

YOU READ IT HERE FIRST: A jilted lover was arrested by Palisades Park police yesterday and charged with setting fire to his ex-girlfriend’s car outside her house the day after she dumped him.

After she called it quits over the weekend, 54-year-old Theodore Drake of Belleville “came back to town, set her car on fire and ran,” Palisades Park Police Chief Benjamin Ramos told CLIFFVIEW PILOT tonight.

Witnesses helped police, who found a gas can a couple of blocks away, the chief said.

Detectives believe they may find additional evidence in Drake’s car, which was seized from his job in Jersey City.

“Ted” Drake remained held on $105,000 bail tonight in the Bergen County Jail.

He is charged with threatening to kill the victim, as well as two counts of aggravated arson — with the intent to destroy the car and with the danger of injury.

PHOTO: Courtesy NY1

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