NCGOP firebombing investigation leads to arrest of clown for theft

(Hillsborough police)

HILLSBOROUGH, N.C. (WNCN) – Investigators are combing through hours of video footage from more than 20 sites near the GOP headquarters.


On Oct. 16, headquarters at 347 Ja-Max Drive was hit with graffiti and “flammable material” in a bottle was thrown through a window starting a fire inside, Hillsborough police said.

During the process of reviewing footage, a person wearing a clown mask was seen on video captured by an ATM.

Hillsborough police said investigators worked to determine if the clown was connected to the arson attack.

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But the suspect was found to be connected to the theft and fraud of an ATM card and not the incident at the GOP headquarters.

Police identified person in the mask. Charges are pending, police said.

Graffiti that said “Nazi Republicans leave town or else” was spray painted in black paint on the side of a building next to the Republican headquarters, according to police.

Police believe the vandalism occurred between midnight at 8:54 a.m. Sunday.

Officials said the U.S. Secret Service is providing support in the investigation. The FBI has given the evidence from the firebombing a high priority, but they don’t have a time frame for results, police said.

The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and the Orange County Sheriff’s Office are also investigating the incident.

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