Myrtle Beach police investigate vehicle fire, Molotov cocktail found in yard

troot@thesunnews.comFebruary 5, 2013 

— Myrtle Beach police are investigating a woman’s vehicle being set on fire outside her home and a Molotov cocktail being found 30 minutes before, according to a police report.

The victim, a 45-year-old Myrtle Beach woman, told police that about 12:30 a.m. Tuesday her son and his friend ran into her home at Brown’s Mobile Home Park at 1504 Secondary Highway 15 to report the back of her vehicle was on fire.

The victim said they tried to extinguish the blaze on the 2005 GMC Envoy with a garden hose, but broke the water connection pipe, according to the report. A witness told police she saw a suspicious vehicle in the neighborhood because it sped into the entrance and nearly hit her while she was walking her dog.

The witness said she saw three women in the vehicle and the driver said they were there to pick someone up, according to the report. The witness said she saw two men, who wore hooded sweatshirts, run and jump into the vehicle just before she saw the victim’s car on fire.

The victim’s son told police about 30 minutes before the incident that he and his friend found a lit Molotov cocktail in their front yard and they extinguished it, but did not report it to police, according to the report. Fire investigators determined an accelerant was poured on top of the back hatch door of the vehicle and then lit.

Detectives are investigating the incident. Damage to the vehicle was estimated at $5,000.

Contact TONYA ROOT at 444-1723 or follow her at Twitter.com/tonyaroot.

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