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Suspect Charged in Greenville Church Fires

Posted May 25, 2007

— A Farmville man has been arrested for a series of break-ins and fires at several churches in Greenville.

Police have charged Seth Parker Price, 28, of Stantonsburg Road, with several counts of breaking and entering, burglary and arson.

Officers responded to a break-in early Sunday morning at a home at 3717 Cattail Lane in the Willow Run subdivision. They also noticed a nearby house that was on fire.

Authorities said an officer saw Price running from the area. Price was later questioned by authorities and released, but he was arrested at his home Friday morning.

Investigators believe Price is responsible for two Jan. 13 fires that destroyed Memorial Baptist Church and damaged Unity Free Will Baptist Church, along with a break-in at Oakmont Baptist Church.

Damage at Memorial Baptist Church was estimated at $1 million. The fire at Unity Free Will Baptist Church was contained to a single room.

Authorities said Price acted alone in all of the cases. Detectives said they believe they know why he commited the crimes, but that motive has not yet been released.

"It's important that this case still needs to be tried," said Greenville Police Chief William Anderson. "We can't try this case in the press and unfortunately, we can't release any of the details as to motive or anything like that. All of that is part of the investigation and will have to come out later."

A task force made up of local and federal investigators was created to investigate the church fires. Investigators said there is no evidence to suggest Price is connected with any hate groups.


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  • ellyn May 26, 2007

    I live around the corner from the house he burned to the ground last Sunday, I guess as a distraction from the B&E. This guy needs to be put away.

  • lollly52 May 26, 2007

    redstarlean - the population density was not high enough to support a pub on every corner. Yanks drown their sorrows one way, southerners another. Ever heard of Pascal's Wager?

  • redstarlean May 26, 2007

    Why is this Low IQ xtian bible stuff so big in the south?

  • jcrew1979 May 25, 2007


  • kelleyv May 25, 2007

    Aquamarine,I'm all for it. Its the job of those of us who do know who our Ace is to tell others about the blessed hope. Its JESUS CHRIST! Whom the Son sets free is free indeed!

  • albritton76 May 25, 2007

    Wait, when does two comprise a "string of...fires"?? That sure is a short string.

  • albritton76 May 25, 2007

    Maybe he'll blame the male pattern baldness he inherited.

  • Aquamarine May 25, 2007

    Your are right Milky. Trouble is, a lot of people do not want to take the time to find out what that card is. Glad to know you know what it is..........and I know what it is. Should we tell the rest of them?

  • homeimprovement May 25, 2007

    Maybe he hates Christians.

  • Low Voltage May 25, 2007

    Swisher1, you are probably right. Most of those guys were a hoot and skirted the edge of the law all the time. Sad thing is, lots of people sent them $$$.