The Catawba County Sheriff’s Office Criminal Investigations Division is requesting assistance identifying a person caught on video setting fire to a business in Sherrills Ford. Fire Fighters were called to Lake Norman R V Resort on East NC Hwy 150 On Saturday (November 1) at 1:00 a.m. to find the business office ablaze. This office suffered heavy damage. The Catawba County Fire Marshal’s Office and Catawba County Sheriff’s Office also responded and initiated an investigation into the cause and origin of this fire.
Video footage (below) from the R V Resort’s surveillance system shows a person dressed in black pants, black hoodie with the hood pulled over their head approaching the business office. They are also wearing a white face mask and is seen carrying a pry bar and a red gas can. This person forced entry to the business office and doused it with accelerant. They then ignited that structure.
Video footage shows that the person caught themselves on fire during that time. They can also be seen on video running away from the business office as they try to extinguish themselves. The item on fire in the parking lot that this person attempts to pick up is a bag of money taken from inside the business office prior to the fire being ignited. The video also shows a vehicle waiting on the roadway. That vehicle is suspected of taking the person captured on video away from the scene of the fire.
It is suspected that the suspect suffered burns during this incident. Anyone with information concerning the person seen on this video and or information concerning this investigation is asked to contact the Catawba County Sheriff’s Office at 828-464-3112.