The Pickens County Sheriff’s Office currently has two detectives assigned to the investigation into the circumstances of the fire that destroyed a local business on Saturday, May 20, 2017.
The business known as “Bob’s Place” located at 1490 Moorefield Memorial Hwy has been declared to be a total loss due to damage from the fire.
The Sheriff’s Office has interviewed several individuals and tracked down numerous leads but has yet to develop enough information to positively identify a suspect. Information that has been disseminated from various sources over social media has stated that an individual has been arrested by the Sheriff’s Office as a result of the investigation.
Sheriff Rick Clark stated…
“We have not filed charges against any individual regarding the fire at Bob’s Place. We ask that members of the community refrain from making unsubstantiated statements and I certainly would advise them to not publicly identify a particular person by name as being the person responsible for the fire unless that information has been released by my office.
Publicly posting these types of statements can potentially jeopardize our investigation and I am committed to bringing the person or persons responsible for this incident to justice once we are able to confirm our suspicions that this was an intentional act targeted against Bob’s Place.
For the sake of Ms. Johnson (Bob’s widow), help us and don’t work against us. If you have information that you think we should be aware of then please contact my detectives or if you feel more comfortable remaining anonymous then please contact CrimeStoppers.”
The Sheriff’s Office is working closely with prosecutors from the 13th Circuit Solicitor’s Office throughout the investigation as the facts and supporting evidence is collected.
Anyone with information concerning this incident is asked to please contact the Pickens County Sheriff’s Office at (864) 898-5500 or Crimestoppers at 1-888-CRIMESC.