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2 suspects in Goodwill arson case expected in court Monday

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CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) -

Two of the three people arrested in connection with the arson at a southwest Charlotte Goodwill store appeared in court Monday.

Former employee Brittany Williams and two other suspects, Harry Brown and Terrance Chandler, are facing federal charges.

Williams and Chandler appeared in federal court Monday. Williams pleaded not guilty and waived a detention hearing. She will remain behind bars for the time being.

Chandler also pleaded not guilty. He was released on bond.  

There is no word yet about a hearing for Brown.

You may remember, the store on South Boulevard went up in flames in February. Within weeks, former employee Williams was blamed for setting the two-alarm fire.

Investigators say surveillance video from the Goodwill store and neighboring businesses show a two-tone, older model vehicle pull into the parking lot next door. In that video, investigators say Williams used a car jack to break the glass on the door, and enter the Goodwill store.

Arson investigators say an "ignitable liquid" was poured throughout the store. The warrant states the arsonist dropped a box of wood stick matches as they ran away.

A warrant states police questioned Goodwill employees. Workers talked about Brittany Williams, who was fired the day before the fire. The Loss Prevention Supervisor told investigators Williams was extremely angry she was fired.

Goodwill employees also described Williams' vehicle as similar to the one seen in the surveillance video, just before the fire.

Officers went to Williams' home on Southwood Oaks Lane. According to a warrant, officers searched the vehicle and found stick matches on the driver side floor board, consistent with matches found at the fire.

The warrant states officers also found an envelope with three wooden matches, a metal lighter in the glove box, and a car jack in the trunk.

Goodwill Industries of the Southern Piedmont released a statement saying, "We are grateful for the due diligence of each individual who has been working on the case. While the responsible parties must be held accountable for this crime, it is hard to comprehend why anyone would set out to harm our organization, which has worked for almost 50 years to help people in our community."

The Goodwill store reopened September 22.

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