Former employee among 3 arrested in Goodwill arson

Brittany Williams (L), Terrance Chandler and Harry Brown


by Staff

Posted on October 31, 2012 at 6:21 PM

Updated Thursday, Nov 1 at 6:41 PM

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Three people have been arrested in connection with the February arson at a south Charlotte Goodwill store, the company announced Wednesday.

The fire broke out just before 10 p.m. on February 23 at the store in the 6600 block of South Boulevard, and caused $500,000 in damages.

After months of renovations, the store reopened on September 22.

Brittany Williams, a former employee at the Goodwill store, Harry Brown and Terrance Chandler were arrested in the connection of the arson.

(Click here to see Goodwill fire photos)

“We are grateful for the due diligence of each individual who has been working on the case. While the responsible parties must be held accountable for this crime, it is hard to comprehend why anyone would set out to harm our organization, which has worked for almost 50 years to help people in our community,” the company said in a statement.

The new and updated store was modeled after newer stores, and even includes environmentally friendly materials and fixtures.

Williams had been at the center of the investigation for months.

A search warrant obtained by NBC Charlotte in March said a 1996 blue Ford Crown Victoria belonging to a female employee fired from the store the day before the fire is on surveillance tape at a parking lot next to the Goodwill store moments before the fire broke out.

Police said the tape also shows someone using a car jack to break a glass door, then pouring a flammable liquid throughout the store before using a wood stick match to light the fire.

Investigators in March said the suspect dropped several matches while running away.

According to the warrant, police searched the woman’s car at a home and found matches similar to the ones found at the fire.  They also found parts of a car jack.

The warrant states the former employee “was extremely angry with the victim business because of being fired.”