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Possession of fire bomb charged to South Boston man

SoVaNow.com / July 28, 2014
A 54 year old South Boston man has been arrested and charged with the manufacture, possession or use of a fire bomb or explosive material or device. Matthew Hubbard Jr. is being held without bond in the Blue Ridge Regional Jail in Halifax on the charges.

South Boston Officer R. L. Lawson on Thursday afternoon around 3 p.m. responded to American Pride, formerly the Valero station at 1313 Wilborn Avenue, to investigate an attempted arson of a vehicle. Lawson was assisted by Detective R. E. Redd in the investigation.

In his report Lawson wrote that a suspect had walked up to the victim’s car and placed a plastic bottle containing a rag with suspected flammable liquid on it. He then ignited the rag and placed it behind the victim’s vehicle before leaving the scene.

A customer, who saw the fire, used a fire extinguisher from the store to put the fire out.

The South Boston Police Department is also warning members of the community of a new telephone scam that has hit the area. According to reports received by the department, the caller identifies himself as an IRS agent who tells the caller that they owe back taxes. He then asks for their bank information in order to pay the taxes.

He then calls back a second time and the South Boston Police Department’s phone number is appearing on the caller ID. The caller then informs victims that he is an investigator with the South Boston Police Department who is investigating the IRS scam and attempting to get more information from his victim.

Police Chief Jim Binner asks that residents not give out any personal information or banking information over the telephone.

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