Rewards are being offered for information leading to arrests and indictments in a series of arsons at Bluffton businesses within the past week, according to a Bluffton Police Department news release Friday.
The Police Department filed arrest warrants for Joseph Samuel Clements Jr., 23, of Savannah for felony burglary, arson and theft relating to the Nov. 4 fires at Easy 2 Own Furnishings on Simmonsville Road and Top Dollar Pawn at Kitties Landing. They have no leads on his whereabouts, Capt. Brian Norberg said.
Clements also is a suspect in Thursday's arson of USA Rider Co. in the Plantation Business Park.
In all three cases, a flaming object was thrown inside the unoccupied businesses between 2 and 3 a.m. Easy 2 Own Furnishings was robbed. Nothing was stolen from the pawn shop, but a nearby business, Sebastian Multiservices at 1304 Fording Island Road, was robbed at about the same time, police say. Nothing was stolen from the motorcycle shop, police said.
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Anyone with information about the arsons should call the S.C. Arson Hotline at 1-800-92-ARSON. The rewards, largely paid for by insurance companies and agents, vary based on the information and if it leads to an arrest. The past few rewards given were about $1,000, according to Russ Dubisky, executive director of SC Insurance News Service.