Vandals shatter a lot of glass, home torched

“Suspicious” fire claimed the Walter Todd Road home. (Amy Niven photo)

By DEUCE NIVEN

tribdeuce@tabor-loris.com

     Broken home and auto windows worth thousands of dollars and a possible arson fire that gutted a vacant home late Friday and early Saturday may be connected, and are under investigation by the Columbus County Sheriff’s Office.

     “No one saw anything,” sheriff’s spokeswoman Michelle Tatum said. “We have no suspects.”

     It made for a busy night for deputies responding to the calls, one who noticed flames coming from the home at 2425 Walter Todd Road just before 3 a.m. Saturday summoning the Williams Township Fire Department after making sure no one was inside, Tatum said.

     That fire may have been intentionally set and has been deemed “suspicious,” Columbus County Deputy Fire Marshal Josh Cartrette said. The home, owned by Monroe McDowell, 88, of Ed Ward Road, was not occupied.

     Windows in five homes and two vehicles were broken or shattered during the spree taking place on Walter Todd, Ed Ward, Minos Meares, and Ten Mile, roads, Tatum said. Metal objects were apparently used in every case, some recovered and some not. They appeared to be items those responsible for the damage happened to find nearby and included metal pipe, a grill brush, and a wrench.

     Anyone with information on any of these cases is asked to contact the Columbus County Sheriff’s Office, Tatum said. Anonymous tips may be submitted through “Submit a Tip” on the bottom of sheriff’s home page here.

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