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Police release surveillance video of arson at Greenville sporting store

By WCTI Staff
Published On: Apr 25 2013 09:57:40 PM CDT
Updated On: Jun 12 2013 04:03:41 PM CDT
GREENVILLE, PITT COUNTY -

Police have released a surveillance video that shows a suspect setting a popular Greenville business on fire in late April.

According to Sgt. Joe Friday of Greenville Police, the video shows a suspect, dressed in dark clothing, throwing combustible items into the front of Gordon's Golf, Ski & Snowboards at  207 E. Arlington Blvd. The suspect appears to have caught fire as well.

The arson happened at about 8:49 p.m. on April 25, investigators said. Most of the 6,952-square-foot store was destroyed. 

According to police, no arrests have been made. They are asking anyone with information to call Detective Charles Walker at 252-329-4186 or CrimeStoppers at 252-758-7777.

Gordon and Pell Fulp, the owners of the store, have since reopened the business across the street. But they told NewsChannel 12 they are dealing with a new setback: a string of thefts.

The Fulps said they've had at least four instances of larceny or vandalism at their new store since their old location was destroyed in the fire on April 25.

Gordon said in one larceny, the suspects stole about $20,000 in items from one of the pods on the property.

The Fulps have since hired someone to keep an eye on their merchandise. Although some crimes have been stopped, people have still managed to break into some of the storage, the Fulps said.

"It's hard to keep an eye on everything so we're losing some merchandise," said Gordon. "But there's not much we can do about it."

The Fulps said Greenville Police are on the case. But in the meantime, they are trying to stay positive.

"We just do the best we can; whatever is gone is gone," said Pell.

"Life is not always fair," said Gordon. "Sometimes, it gives you some bad hands and you have to deal with it."

Gordon's Golf, Ski & Snowboards had been in business for 41 years; its store that was gutted by the fire was built in 1997.

"It's been sort of like a nightmare," Gordon told NewsChannel 12 in a previous interview. "It's just depressing to see everything, 41 years of work, going up in flames."

Fulp said he and his wife had just returned home from dinner when they heard the news of the blaze.

"We got a call from our security company, saying there's a break-in. So, I jumped in the car and flew over here and when I pulled in the parking lot, there was a police car here. A fire truck had just pulled up and the building was blazing- flames about 20 feet high and it was a shock," Fulp told NewsChannel 12.

The worst part of the fire, Fulp said, was losing all his mementos inside the store.

"[We had] pictures of Sam Snead and Jack Nicholas, Arnold Palmer, people I played golf with and I had pictures with them and they were valuable to me," Fulp said. "But I'm afraid they are gone."