DARLINGTON, SC (WBTW) – A person is wanted for questioning in an arson attack at a jewelry store in Darlington Public Square.
The fire occurred on July 16, 2021 at the jeweler’s bench, officials say. The South Carolina Law Enforcement Division and Pee Dee Crime Stoppers have released photos of a person wanted for questioning.
The person was seen in surveillance footage getting out of a white car and walking behind the business before the fire started. The person was wearing gloves and a mask, officials said.
The building was a total loss, with damage estimated at between $500,000 and $1 million, officials said.
The owners of the jewelry store have run the downtown Darlington business for 30 years, according to Lisa Chalian-Rock, director of the Darlington Downtown Revitalization Association.
“To see the flames leap above this building was heartbreaking,” Chalian-Rock said at the time of the blaze. “It was really tragic and of course to start with you didn’t get the full story of what exactly it was and I’m sure you saw it on Facebook where you asked if it was Jewell’s that I was eating right there.”
Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Stoppers of the Pee Dee at 1-888-CRIME-SC, or go to PeeDeesWanted.com.
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