Man held on $50,000 bond in Shepherdstown…


SHEPHERDSTOWN, W.Va. — A 21-year-old Martinsburg man has been charged with second-degree arson in reference to a fireplace at a vape store close to Shepherdstown final month.

Christan Philip Caulk of West Race Road was being held on $50,000 bond Thursday afternoon on the Jap Regional Jail in Martinsburg, officers stated.

The fireplace, which was reported about 6:45 p.m. on Sept. 28, began in a again storage room of DVape Store, which is within the Maddex Sq. purchasing heart alongside W.Va. 45 simply west of Shepherdstown.

Though West Virginia Assistant State Hearth Marshal George Harms stated on the time that firefighters did a great job extinguishing the hearth, a number of companies across the store sustained smoke injury.

Thick smoke may very well be seen inside a T-Cellular retailer subsequent door as firefighters drew smoke out of the DVape Store, which sells gadgets similar to e-cigarettes, e-juices and vape kits.

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The subsequent day, Harms stated he spoke with the shop proprietor, who informed Harms he arrived within the morning to safe the store secure.

The proprietor found greater than $4,000 was lacking, Harms stated in a legal criticism filed in Jefferson County Justice of the Peace Court docket.

Harms stated he interviewed Caulk, who was working the night time of the hearth.

Caulk, who had been employed as a retailer employee two days earlier than the blaze, informed Harms that he heard a crackling noise within the wall whereas he was working and smelled smoke, in line with courtroom data. Caulk stated he went subsequent door to the T-Cellular retailer to see of staff there knew something about one thing burning.

Caulk stated he went again to the vape store, noticed fireplace within the again room and known as 911, in line with courtroom data.

After consulting with the shop proprietor, Harms stated he obtained a video recording that confirmed Caulk strolling into the again storage space and repositioning a digital camera. Harms may additionally see Caulk attempting to get one thing out of the secure with scissors and finally getting a white envelope out of it, in line with courtroom paperwork.

At 6:30 p.m., Caulk approaches a surveillance system and it seems he pushes a button attempting to cease it from recording, Harms stated within the criticism.

At 6:38 p.m., the digital camera detects movement and data a fireplace on a sofa, Harms stated.

Harms stated within the criticism he believes Caulk tried to disable the digital camera to ignite the hearth and canopy up the theft of cash.

Different shops within the purchasing heart embody Christian Caine Design jewelers, Rankin Bodily Remedy and a Meals Lion.

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