UPDATE: Havelock Police have arrested and charged a man who they say confessed to setting fires on Tuesday morning at several locations in town.
Police say, after they offered a reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of a suspect in the arsons, someone contacted Havelock Police at 11 p.m. Tuesday with information on a person of interest in the case.
Detectives investigated that lead and interviewed the person of interest – Grove G. Jackson III, age 56, of Havelock – who confessed to police he had set fires early Tuesday morning at The Nightmare Factory, Domino’s Pizza, and properties at 33 Park Lane and 349 West Main Street.
Jackson was charged with 2 counts of Burning Personal Property, and 2 counts of Burning Other Buildings
Jackson is being held in the Craven County Jail on a $50,000 bond.
Police are trying to identify the suspect(s) involved in a series of fires reported in Havelock early Tuesday morning.
The Havelock Fire/EMS and Police responded to 27 Park Lane, The Nightmare Factory, in reference to a working fire on Tuesday around 3:0 a.m.
The fire was in the backyard area of The Nightmare Factory.
The fire was contained to the outside of the building, causing extensive damage to props and settings used during the seasonal Halloween performance, officials said.
A second active fire was reported at 33 Park Lane around the same time.
At that location, a Furniture Distributors’ delivery truck was set on fire.
A short time later, Havelock dispatch received a call for another small fire behind 349 West Main Street.
The small fire caused minor damage to a metal door on the outside of the building.
During the investigation, Havelock’s Public Safety units surveyed the surrounding area to determine if any other fires had occurred.
Havelock Fire located a dumpster behind Domino’s Pizza that had also been burned earlier that day.
The investigation revealed a video of the suspect setting the dumpster on fire behind Domino’s Pizza at approximately 3:15 a.m.
The Havelock Police Department is offering a $500 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person(s) responsible.
If you have any information contact the Havelock Police Department at 252-447-3212.