LUMBERTON — A South Carolina man already charged with a fire that destroyed storage units in Robeson County was charged with 29 additional counts on Friday, according to Lt. Brian Duckworth of the Robeson County Sheriff’s Office.
Jonathan Brooks Pressley, of Hemingway, S.C., had been arrested on Jan. 26 after investigators found stolen property at his girlfriend’s apartment complex in Lumberton. He was charged with setting a fire at Noble Storage, at 1600 Starlite Drive, that caused at least $65,000 worth of damage and destroyed 28 out of the 32 units. Investigators said at the time that the damage estimate would grow and more charges would be added as they began taking inventory of all the items stored in the destroyed storage units.
Pressley was charged Friday with 10 felony counts of burning personal property; three felony counts of breaking and entering; three felony counts of larceny; three misdemeanor counts of injury to real property; and 10 misdemeanor counts of breaking and entering and injury to real property.
Duckworth expects even more charges.
The new charges added $87,500 to Pressley’s bond, which had been $101,000. Pressley remains in the Robeson County Detention Center.
Jeremiah Jermaine Weaver, who is also accused in the fire, is currently serving time in South Carolina. Duckworth said that Weaver faces the same charges as Pressley.
Pressley, 31 at the time, was arrested Jan. 26 after lawmen “followed a trail of stolen property” to an apartment complex after a fire was reported at the storage business. The owner of the business, Les Noble, said at the time that he planned to have the units repaired.
Noble Storage also operates 525 storage units at 1402 Linkhaw Road.