Authorities are warning the public that setting fires in stores to distract employees while criminals steal merchandise is a disturbing new trend across the country.
So far, Walmart and Target stores have been hit in the Atlanta area, San Jose, CA, Sacramento, CA, Baton Rouge, LA, Chicago, Il, Dover, DE, and Ft. Lauderdale.
City of Atlanta Fire Rescue Department Press Release
ATLANTA—The Atlanta Fire Rescue Department’s Fire Investigators are investigating last night’s fire inside the Target store located at 2539 Piedmont Road, as well as the recent fires at the Walmart store located at 835 Martin Luther King Jr. Dr. as cases of arson.
With the help of the Georgia Office of Insurance and Safety Fire Commissioner and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives, investigators are asking for the public’s help in identifying the two persons of interest in the attached photos.
Investigators believe the suspects intentionally set the fires to create a distraction, allowing the offenders to shoplift items and escape as patrons rushed to exit the burning stores.
These fires have resulted in millions of dollars in damage. Although the motive for the fires appears to be the same, investigators have not linked the fires.
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