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Greenville store destroyed in fire hit with string of crimes

By Michael Hennessey
Published On: May 31 2013 05:07:58 PM CDT
Updated On: May 31 2013 05:39:13 PM CDT
GREENVILLE, PITT COUNTY -

The fire that destroyed Gordon’s Golf, Ski & Snowboards in April has been ruled arson, yet remains unsolved.

Gordon and Pell Fulp, owners of the store, say that’s not the only unsolved crime against their business. They say they’ve had at least four instances of larceny or vandalism against their business since the fire.  

Gordon says he and his wife “have been working every day for about 40 days in a row," to re-open their business across the street from their old location on East Arlington Boulevard. They say it’s tough work, but some people are making it even tougher.

"We've had some vandalism, we've had some larceny, people stealing off the porch," said Pell. Gordon says in one larceny “they stole about 20 thousand dollars’ worth out of one of our pods."

The Fulps have since hired someone to keep an eye on their merchandise. Some attempted larcenies have been stopped, but they say some people have still managed to break into some of their storage. "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 say police are on the case, but in the meantime, they’re trying to stay positive. "We just do the best we can, whatever's gone is gone," said Pell. Gordon concurred, saying life is “not always fair. Sometimes it gives you some bad hands and you have to deal with it."

Anyone with information on the arson, larcenies, or vandalism is asked to contact the Greenville Police Department, or Crime Stoppers.