MOULTRIE — The Moultrie Fire Department was called out to a car on fire that was threatening a residence Monday night. Once the fire was out, an investigation revealed the fire appeared to be intentionally set.

The Moultrie Fire Department’s report said firefighters were called to 511 Seventh St. N.W. at 9:04 p.m. Monday. When they arrived at the scene, they found a Cadillac Sedan Deville fully engulfed in flames. The fire was under control in 12 minutes, but there was heavy fire damage to the interior, roof, doors and trunk and some fire damage to the engine.

The nearby house was not damaged, and reports said the house was abandoned at the time. The house had been abandoned since it caught on fire Aug. 28, and there was evidence found that the house had not been repaired since that fire.

Fire officials were able to find the vehicle’s identification number once the car had cooled down, reports said. They found the car, owned by David Hunt Jr., had no battery or tag at the time of the fire.

Reports said fire officials determined the fire started in the passenger area, but an exact cause was unknown. It was believed the fire was intentionally set by an unknown person, and Moultrie police investigators were called to the scene. The value of the vehicle was estimated at $8,000.

Officers notified fire officials the vehicle had once been involved in a pedestrian being hit, and reports said an investigation into the fire was under way.



Arrests

• Liz Zavala, 17, of 506 Country Drive, was charged Tuesday with possession of cocaine, driving without a license and defective equipment.

• Karey Elliot, 21, of 723 Seventh Ave. S.E., was charged Tuesday with trespassing, giving a false name to a police officer and probation violation.

• Donaldson Lewis Woods Jr., 45, of 300 Second St. N.W., was charged Monday with theft by shoplifting, criminal trespassing and obstruction.

• Clinton Peterson, 62, of 1205 13th St. S.W., was charged Monday with battery (family violence) and cruelty to children (third degree).



Other Incidents

• Anthony Blount, of Seventh Avenue Northwest, reported Monday that he had cosigned for a male acquaintance to buy four Keystone rims valued at $1,600, and now the acquaintance has sold the rims. Blount and the acquaintance still owe $800 on them.

• Tiffany Jarrell reported two female acquaintances used or attempted to use her Social Security number to get benefits from the Georgia Department of Family and Children’s Services on North Main Street between Sept. 18, 2004, and Feb. 8. The fraudulent use of her Social Security number prevents Jarrell from getting benefits from DFCS. The total amount obtained from the fraudulent use was unknown at the time of report.

• Ernest Gay reported an unknown person stole 1,200 pieces of cherry oak wood from Moultrie Post Form on Seventh Street Southeast between Friday and Saturday. The total value of the stolen wood was about $9,800.

• Ryan Ary, of Chapman Road, reported an unknown person broke out a window of his uncle’s barn Thursday. Damage to the window was believed to be $250.

• Joe Baker reported an unknown person stole three fuel tanks from three forklifts at Baker Farms on Ellenton-Norman Park Road between 3 p.m. Sunday and 8 a.m. Monday. The total value of the stolen tanks was $600.

• Marvin Bishop reported an unknown person spray painted the word “Bloods” and a gang symbol in red paint on two sides of a residence for sale on Highway 133 South between 7 p.m. Sunday and 8 a.m. Monday. Total damage to the residence was unknown at the time of report.

• Major Adderton reported a male acquaintance was seen spray painting the side of a rental trailer he owns at the intersection of Sardis Church Road and Dogwood Drive Monday. Damage to the residence was unknown at the time of report.

• Pablo Hernandez, of Sardis Church Road, reported an unknown person spray painted his rental trailer in vulgar phrases in Spanish Monday. Damage to the residence was unknown at the time of report. Hernandez told sheriff’s deputies he believes the same male acquaintance who was seen spray painting another rental trailer on Sardis Church Road was responsible.

• Geneva Christy reported an unknown person broke the windshield and flattened a rear tire of her vehicle and stole half of the clothes from a bedroom closet at a residence on Robin Lane Monday. The total value of the stolen clothes was $500.

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