Agencies mum on investigation into GOP firebombing


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It’s been a little over a week since a firebomb was hurled at the Orange County GOP headquarters in Hillsborough, and officials investigating the crime are playing their cards close to the vest.

The Hillsborough Police Department and the FBI are the lead investigating agencies, and the State Bureau of Investigations and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives are assisting. FBI spokeswoman Shelley Lynch said Monday there was nothing new to release in the case. She said she didn’t know when the investigation would be complete.

“There’s no timeline for any type of investigation,” Lynch said. “They’re all different.”

Hillsborough police did not return a message seeking comment Monday. The Molotov cocktail was thrown Oct. 16 into the building on Ja-Max Drive, causing significant damage before burning itself out. Spray-painted outside an adjacent business was, “Nazi Republicans, leave town or else.”

The last update on the investigation was posted Wednesday on the police department’s Facebook pageSBI and ATF officials declined to comment and referred questions back to the police department.

Evelyn Poole-Kober, vice chairwoman of the Orange County Republican Party, said Monday that they had moved into another building within the same building complex after working outdoors for two days. She said she hadn’t been updated on the investigation in a couple days, but wanted officials to take their time to do it right.

“I want them to find whoever did this,” she said. “I prayed for (their) soul in church yesterday.”

She added that she wanted justice to be served to the fullest extent of the law, because a lot of harm was done and more could have been done. The building, she said, would have to be rebuilt. She added that the state’s GOP party and Gov. Pat McCrory have helped out with supplies since losing theirs in the fire.

North Carolina Democrats raised more than $12,800 online through crowd-funding to help the Republicans rebuild the Orange County headquarters.

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