Flaming feces investigation heats up.

July 18, 2016

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HART — The Hart Police Department is investigating an unusual case of vandalism and arson following a report of a paper bag containing “droppings” that was lit on fire in the 300 block of Water Street, according to Hart Police Chief Juan Salazar.

The incident occurred some time after midnight Monday, July 18, and before 10:30 a.m. when the burned bag of droppings was discovered, Salazar said.

Fecal matter was also smeared on the back of a vehicle parked at the residence, the chief said. No one was injured, and no permanent damage occurred. The fire was out when the bag of droppings was found. It is not immediately known if the feces was dog droppings or some other type of fecal matter.

Other HPD activity over the weekend includes:

Friday, July 15, 2016:

– 7:30 a.m., semi-truck vs. pickup truck crash, McDonald’s restaurant parking lot, no injuries, City of Hart.

– Noon, gas drive-off, $10 in fuel stolen, Dave’s Party Store, Wood Street, City of Hart.

Saturday, July 16, 2016:

– 2 a.m., larceny of wooden planks, E. Main St. and Water St., City of Hart. City DPW workers are replacing wooden boards on a walkway. A witness told police that a female suspect was observed stealing the new boards valued at $100. The suspect allegedly placed the boards in a vehicle and drove away.

– A 23-year-old Shelby man turned himself into the Oceana County Sheriff’s Office on a warrant for reckless driving, Lincoln Street, City of Hart.

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