An Evans woman discovered Sunday that two men likely burglarized her burned out home.
She believes they may have been trying to burglarize her.
The owner of a Bridlewood Trail home, which was heavily damaged by an Aug. 29 fire, went to the house with her husband and son early Sunday afternoon. Her 19-year-old son said he thought he saw someone inside the home when they pulled up. The woman and her husband checked the house, but didn’t find anyone inside, according to a Columbia County Sheriff’s Office incident report.
The woman said her son helped move a few items, then left. Then, she said, two men approached her in the yard claiming they asked her son to charge a cell phone inside the house. The 27-year-old man, who was with a 19-year-old, said the woman’s son charged the phone in the front room and he wanted to go and get it, according to the report. The woman said her son knew there was no power to the house and her son confirmed by phone that he didn’t charge the man’s phone.
The men sat on the curb across from the woman’s house and kept asking if they could come inside and help. The woman told them they were not welcome inside.
Once inside the woman said she noticed items from an upstairs bedroom in the front room. She found the man’s cell phone under the items, according to the report. The woman called police because she believed the man had been inside her home to steal things.
A deputy arrived and found the men on the curb. The older man said he knew the woman’s son from school. He’d asked him to take his cell phone and charger inside the house to charge it while they waited a friend who lived across the street, according to the report. He said the woman’s son took the phone inside and left a short time later. They denied going inside.
The older man identified the phone the woman found inside as his.
The men have not yet been charged, but can be if the woman pursues charges through a pre-warrant hearing, according to sheriff’s Capt. Steve Morris.