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Contributed photo Lloyd “Mickey” Meekins is offering a $2,000 reward for information leading to the arrest of whoever set fire to this building at Lloyd Meekins and Son Auction on March 21 and vandalized an auction house on the property earlier in the month.
Contributed photo Lloyd “Mickey” Meekins is offering a $2,000 reward for information leading to the arrest of whoever set fire to this building at Lloyd Meekins and Son Auction on March 21 and vandalized an auction house on the property earlier in the month.
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LUMBERTON — Weeks after vandals caused more than $100,000 damage to a Lumberton auction house, the Robeson County Sheriff’s Office and the State Bureau of Investigation are still seeking information about a fire that destroyed two cars on the property, which is owned by a candidate for the county Board of Commissioners.


To aid with that effort, the owner of the property, Lloyd “Mickey” Meekins, is offering a $2,000 reward for information leading to the arrest of whoever crashed two 30,000-pound pieces of farm equipment into an auction house at Lloyd Meekins and Son Auction Co. on March 11 and the person who set fire to a cinder block and metal carport on the N.C. 211 East property on March 21.


“We feel like they’re related,” said Randall Graham, a spokesman for the Sheriff’s Office.


The Allenton and East Howellsville fire departments responded to the blaze at about 2:30 a.m. on the March 21. Two vehicles under the carport, a 2011 truck and a 1984 truck, were destroyed by the time firefighters arrived.


“The fire was not electrical or accidental,” according to a statement from sheriff’s Lt. Brian Duckworth, an arson investigator.


About $50,000 to $60,000 in damage was done to the two vehicles, the carport, a trailer and a 1998 boat on the trailer, the statement said.


On March 11, a log skidder and three-wheel agricultural sprayer, valued at a total of $60,000, were used to crash into a metal auction house on the property, damaging the building’s 18-foot-tall wall.


Meekins and his wife, Debbie, have said they do not think the vandalism is related to Meekins’ candidacy.


Meekins is one of three Democrats seeking the District 6 seat on the county Board of Commissioners in the May 6 primary, joining Brenda Wilkins-Bullard and Ray Cox. The seat is held by Republican David Edge, who did file for re-election but is unopposed in the primary.


Anyone with information should call Lt. Mark McMillian or Lt. Brian Duckworth at the Robeson County Sheriff’s Office at 910-671-3100 or St. Pauls Crime Stoppers at 910-865-8477.

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