PEMBROKE — A Pembroke man was arrested on Tuesday and charged with setting fire to items belonging to his roommate, whom he thought had stolen his property, according to sheriff’s Lt. Brian Duckworth.
Jessie Locklear Jr., of the 10000 block of N.C. 711 in Pembroke, was charged with burning personal property, according to Duckworth, after Locklear had returned to his apartment on Sept. 22 and discovered his television and sound system missing. Duckworth said the accused believed his roommate, Larry Dewayne Jones, had taken them.
In retaliation, Locklear gathered clothing and tools belonging to Jones and burned them on the front yard of the home, according to Duckworth. That led Jones to set fire to Locklear’s items inside of the apartment, causing about $15,000 damage to the structure.
Jones was arrested Sunday and charged with second-degree arson, burning personal property and larceny.
Duckworth said Locklear was also wanted in Robeson County for failure to appear for charges of driving while intoxicated and driving while license revoked, and trespassing, and that he faces a driving while his license was revoked in Scotland County.
Locklear’s bond was set at $12,100. He was scheduled for his first court appearance on Wednesday.