CAUGHT ON CAMERA: Pitt County Arson Attempt Blows Up

An arson attempt to a convenience store in Eastern Carolina and the store's manager has it all caught on tape.

The Stokes Mart Grill on Highway 902 and 30 was targeted by four people around 1:00 a.m. Tuesday.

Store surveillance video shows four men approaching the store, and one of them pours what appears to be gasoline around the building.

The would-be arsonists then break the side window with what appears to be a bat and start pouring more of the liquid inside the store. After several attempts the four successfully light the fire, but it then literally blew up in their faces.

The video shows the group running off toward Highway 903.

While the store was damaged, it was able to open for business this morning. Store manager Badi Alia doesn't understand why someone would want to burn down the business.

The attempted arson is being investigated by the Pitt County Sheriff's Office.

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  • by Anonymous on Nov 30, 2011 at 01:03 PM
    just look for the idiots with no eyebrows? how do you spell dumb! it ashame their clothes did not catch fire
  • by nightrain on Nov 30, 2011 at 09:12 AM
    This is an example of how the dumb ones used to get weeded out. Now there are so many laws to protect them, they grow up and multiply.
  • by truth on Nov 30, 2011 at 08:57 AM
    Ay! Gas is way 2 HIGh 2 b wasting it like that! What kind of dummies try 2 start a fire across from a fire station! Stokes only has 20 people in that town(exaggerating)so it definitely wont be hard 2 catch them.
  • by Anonymous on Nov 30, 2011 at 08:39 AM
    Why would the owner provide video if it was an insurance scam? Duh!
  • by here Location: h on Nov 30, 2011 at 08:12 AM
    Stupid is as stupid does.
  • by Gerry Location: Emerald City on Nov 30, 2011 at 07:56 AM
    Darn, Those morons missed a Darwin Award nomination! I hope the business owner gets back up and running soon. This last best country on earth was built by small business owners.
  • by Bugged Location: Kinston on Nov 30, 2011 at 07:01 AM
    Bunch of hoodlums. I hope all of them are feeling the "singe" this morning and get caught in the end.
  • by Shine Location: NE NC on Nov 30, 2011 at 05:23 AM
    I stop there when I am traveling 30 toward Washington. It is a nice place, with nice people always clean and there is a bunch of stuff in that place to be the size it is. Must have been someone who was asked to leave the premises or had some conflict w/ the owner. I hope they catch all of them.
  • by Moose Location: Kinston on Nov 29, 2011 at 06:39 PM
    Can you say gang related?
  • by fred Location: martin co on Nov 29, 2011 at 04:03 PM
    Can you say Insurance scam ?
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