After almost two months of investigation, Statesboro police arrested a man who they say set fire to his ex-wife’s vehicle.
On Oct. 29, Edward Lee Hallman, 43, reported to police that someone stole his wallet and set fire to the vehicle at his Broad Street address, said Statesboro police Det. Sgt. Patrick Harrelson.
However, there was more to the story, and police detectives learned the car was a point of dispute between Hallman and his ex-girlfriend, who actually owned the vehicle, he said.
Hallman and the woman had been arguing over the car, and Hallman was allegedly several payments behind on paying her, he said.
Then the car was found on fire, totally destroyed, on Broad Street.
Hallman told police someone stole his wallet and set fire to the vehicle. He also said he canceled debit cards and had to get a new driver’s license, but when detectives investigated, they learned Hallman had used a reportedly stolen card after he claimed it was stolen. He also never applied for a new driver’s license, Harrelson said.
Further investigation yielded evidence that indicated Hallman was responsible for the car fire, and detectives arrested him on charges of second-degree arson and making false statements and writings.
Hallman was taken to the Bulloch County Jail and awaits further court hearings.
Herald reporter Holli Deal Saxon may be reached at (912) 489-9414.