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BURNING: Wight’s variety store in Goldsborough engulfed in flames early yesterday.

Tobago police are in search of one man along with an accomplice who are suspected of having torched a car and burnt down a business place in Tobago East.

Eartha Wight, a mother of one, told the Express that more than four years ago she ended a relationship with the suspect and last month he returned from abroad with the objective of rekindling it.

Since then she has been receiving threats due to her resistance to the man and yesterday morning things took a turn for the worse.

Shortly before 3 a.m. Wight was notified by her sister that her variety store in Goldsborough was on fire.

“I woke everybody else that was in the house and I was looking to leave home to go down to where the business place was when I heard a mini-explosion in the yard, and then I was alerted that my car was on fire,” Wight said.

The police and Fire Service were notified of the incident.

Wight recently installed cameras at her business and home, and threats made to her were reported to the Roxborough and Scarborough police stations.

The suspects were captured on camera and police have the footage in their possession. “Persons known to me were observed on the footage. Again we are waiting on the police officers to do their jobs,” said Wight, who lost more than $1.5 million in possessions between her business place and Nissan vehicle.

“I lost everything in the store, valued at $500,000...my car, everything was gone as well as my computer touchscreen, everything,” she said.

Tobago Fire Service public relations officer David Thomas said: “We have concluded that it was an arson attack which started at a business place in Goldsborough. We are working in conjunction with the police, as well as all the relevant authorities, to make sure that we leave no stone unturned in terms of solving this crime which was committed.”

He said officers are following several leads in cracking the case.

The suspect has a military background and is considered armed and dangerous.

Tobago police are in search of one man along with an accomplice who are suspected of having torched a car and burnt down a business place in Tobago East.

Eartha Wight, a mother of one, told the Express that more than four years ago she ended a relationship with the suspect and last month he returned from abroad with the objective of rekindling it.

Since then she has been receiving threats due to her resistance to the man and yesterday morning things took a turn for the worse.

Shortly before 3 a.m. Wight was notified by her sister that her variety store in Goldsborough was on fire.

“I woke everybody else that was in the house and I was looking to leave home to go down to where the business place was when I heard a mini-explosion in the yard, and then I was alerted that my car was on fire,” Wight said.

The police and Fire Service were notified of the incident.

Wight recently installed cameras at her business and home, and threats made to her were reported to the Roxborough and Scarborough police stations.

The suspects were captured on camera and police have the footage in their possession. “Persons known to me were observed on the footage. Again we are waiting on the police officers to do their jobs,” said Wight, who lost more than $1.5 million in possessions between her business place and Nissan vehicle.

“I lost everything in the store, valued at $500,000...my car, everything was gone as well as my computer touchscreen, everything,” she said.

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GUTTED: A fire officer walks past Eartha Wight’s car which was gutted by fire early yesterday morning in Louis D’or, Tobago.

Tobago Fire Service public relations officer David Thomas said: “We have concluded that it was an arson attack which started at a business place in Goldsborough. We are working in conjunction with the police, as well as all the relevant authorities, to make sure that we leave no stone unturned in terms of solving this crime which was committed.”

He said officers are following several leads in cracking the case.

The suspect has a military background and is considered armed and dangerous.

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