WILKES-BARRE — A Hazleton man was sentenced by a Luzerne County judge to seven days time served for his role in setting a stolen Hummer H2 ablaze with a toy car rigged with an explosive.
Jaime Lloret-Cabin, 29, last known address as North Locust Street, was immediately paroled on a criminal conspiracy conviction. Judge David Lupas said Lloret-Cabin must serve 23 months probation.
Prosecutors withdrew charges of reckless burning and possessing an explosive device.
State police Bureau of Criminal Investigations arrested Lloret-Cabin and Juan V. Roman Polanco, 27, of Coal Street, Wilkes-Barre, in March 2011, after a three-year investigation of an intentionally set fire that destroyed a 2004 Hummer H2 in an isolated area of Hazle Township on May 8, 2008.
The SUV was reported stolen earlier that day from an auto parts store in West Nanticoke. The interior of the luxury vehicle had been stripped prior to the fire, according to the criminal complaint.
State police said they found a remote-control toy car with a model rocket engine inside the burned vehicle. A 9-volt battery was taped to the back of the toy car with wires extending from the battery through holes drilled through the toy. The toy’s tires were screwed into a piece of wood flooring that held it in place, according to the criminal complaint.
The rocket fired and ignited gasoline that had been poured inside the Hummer, the complaint says.
Fingerprints were recovered from items recovered from the burned Hummer and from electrical tape on the improvised device.
An initial fingerprint check through the Automated Fingerprint Identification System did not mach any suspects in the nationwide system. That was until Roman Polanco was arrested by Wilkes-Barre police on a drunken driving charge in February 2010. Due to the DUI arrest, Roman Polanco had to submit to mandatory fingerprint processing.
A second AFIS check on fingerprints recovered on items inside the Hummer matched Roman Polanco, the complaint says.
Roman Polanco on Sept. 9 pleaded guilty to criminal conspiracy under a negotiated plea agreement that calls for charges of possessing an explosive device, receiving stolen property, reckless burning, criminal mischief and a second criminal conspiracy count to be withdrawn when he is sentenced, according to court records.
Roman Polanco’s sentencing hearing was continued Monday until Jan. 14 for him to obtain another attorney.