Men suspected of burglarizing burned-out house

An Evans woman told police she found two men at her burned-out home Sunday and suspects they might have been trying to burglarize it.

The owner of the Bridle­wood Trail home, which was damaged by an Aug. 29 fire, went to the house with her husband and son Sunday afternoon. Her son, 19, said he thought he saw someone inside when they pulled up. The woman and her husband didn’t find anyone, according to a Columbia County sheriff’s report.

The woman said her son helped move a few items, then left. Two men, 27 and 19, then approached in the yard and said her son had charged a cellphone for them inside the house. The older man said he wanted to go in and get it, according to the report. The house, however, had no power and the woman confirmed by phone with her son that he didn’t charge the man’s phone.

The men sat on the curb across from the house and kept asking to go inside to help. She told them they were not welcome inside.

The woman said she noticed items from an upstairs bedroom in the front room. She found the man’s cellphone under the items, according to the report. She called police because she believed the man had been inside to steal things.

After a deputy arrived, the older man said he knew the woman’s son from school, according to the report. He said the son took the phone inside and left a short time later. The two men denied going inside.

The older man identified the phone the woman found inside as his. The men have not been charged but can be if the woman pursues charges through a hearing, according to sheriff’s Capt. Steve Morris.

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