fired-up by the assholes that took advantage of the guy? That is the magic of victimization-play. Exactly what I presuppose the owner was hoping for.. it helps getting money back if you are victimized ; not so much if you are stupid. )
I call bullshit and if it is truly as described, thankfully the gene-pool-weakener that owned it is not representing Jeep owners any further.
Honestly, you're right, it does seem like a setup by the owner. Making a big stink, posting it online, then acting outraged when he returned to find it vandalized and calling the police; it all sounds fishy.
However, I do want to point out that I wasn't implying people took advantage of the guy. Like I said, I really find it hard to find sympathy for the owner. He is an idiot. But I personally know people who it seems like they almost look for an excuse to justify thievery and vandalism under the guise of "he had it coming." Like they almost hope for a mob type scenario so they can loot. That's all I was pointing out. I don't put victim status on the guy, I just hate when people steal or vandalize something, insurance has to pay for it, and everything ends up costing more for everyone.
As to the owner, I have a hard time believing he was supposed to be up on that bridge. Vandalism or not, he should have to pay any and all costs involved in removing his Jeep from that site (despite whatever state it is in when it is removed) and should be prosecuted if it was an attempt to defraud insurance (or if there were any other laws broken). But if the vandalism was done by strangers (and not by the owner or people he "encourage" to do so) who thought "F this guy, let's take/break his stuff", then I think they are idiots as well. Because ultimately they really aren't hurting him, they are just making a mess for the police and insurance to sort out.