Myrtle Beach woman charged with arson in moped fire

troot@thesunnews.comOctober 31, 2013 

Kimberly Rena Garrett

— A Myrtle Beach woman was charged in connection with a moped being set on fire outside a bar in the city, according to a police report.

Kimberly Rena Garrett, 46, was charged with third-degree arson, first-offense possession of a controlled substance and public intoxication after officers were called at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday to the parking lot at 815 N. Kings Highway, police said.

A witness told police she saw Garrett set a moped on fire in the parking lot, according to the report. Officers stopped Garrett, who tried to leave the area, and she made “an excited utterance and admitted that she had set the moped on fire because someone had set hers on fire recently.”

Officers learned employees from the Rainbow House bar used a fire extinguisher to put out the blaze on the moped, which was parked near a gas line, according to the report. The gas line appeared not to be damaged.

While Garrett was being searched at the Myrtle Beach Jail, officials found three pills in her pants pocket that were identified as a narcotic, according to the report.

Garrett remained at the jail at 7:30 a.m. Thursday pending a bond hearing on the arson and drug charges, according to jail records. Bond was set at $158 cash on the public intoxication charge.

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

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