Man Charged With Stealing Items From Fire Damaged Home

Troubles continue for a 75 year-old Princeton man whose rental home was intentionally set on fire back earlier this year. Now someone has been charged with stealing from the fire-damaged property.

On March 2nd, flames destroyed a rental home at 1150 Howell Road outside of Princeton.   Fire investigators said the blaze had been intentionally set and two weeks later arrested the tenant, 33 year-old Melissa Woodard Norton on second-degree arson charges.

This month, the owner of the burned out home reported that someone had illegally entered the property and had stolen a breaker box, copper wiring, appliances, hedge trimmer, and a weed eater with a combined value of $804.

On Tuesday, Brandon Michael Boyd, 37, of Long Leaf Road, Princeton was arrested by the Johnston County Sheriff’s Office and charged with felony breaking and entering, felony larceny and felony conspiracy. Boyd was placed in the Johnston County Jail under a $70,000 secured bond.

Norton, who was charged in March with setting the fire, is set to appear in Johnston County Court on the arson charge on June 28th.

A motive for the fire was never disclosed but unconfirmed reports in March indicated Norton may have been in the process of moving from the dwelling when the fire was allegedly set.  March fire photo by John Payne