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Man charged with attempted arson in Berkeley County

September 14, 2012

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. — A 25-year-old man is accused of attempting to set fire to at least three vehicles Thursday night in Martinsburg, police said.

Jonathan Daniel Bolon, of no fixed address, was arraigned Friday by Berkeley County Magistrate Jim Humphrey on three felony counts of fourth-degree attempted arson, according to magistrate court documents.

Bolon, who provided the court with a Raleigh County, W.Va., address when arraigned, was in Eastern Regional Jail on a $7,500 bond, according to court and jail records.

Police officers investigating a report of destruction of property and possible arson attempt at about 9 p.m. Thursday found the passenger-side window of a 2001 Dodge Neon broken out near Burke Street and Maple Avenue, and a smoldering Xbox video game in the glove box of the vehicle, according to court records and police.

Minutes later, police received similar reports of damage to a 1997 Volvo and a 2005 Volkswagen Jetta that were parked nearby, and then were alerted that two more vehicles in the 300 block of Cumberland Valley Place, a 2005 Chrysler PT Cruiser and a 2006 Toyota Camry, were damaged, according to documents.

Windows of the vehicles were broken with bricks and papers in the glove boxes were burned.

Bolon was found with a GPS device, a pocketful of loose change with pieces of automobile glass mixed in it, a small penknife with a blade broken off and a lighter, according to court documents.

Martinsburg Police Lt. Terry Stanley found a broken blade of a penknife stuck in the glove box lock of the PT Cruiser, according to court documents.

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— Matthew Umstead

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