Friday, June 5, 2009
Angry customer starts fire in Wal-Mart
A man who was angry he was not allowed to return items to a local Wal-Mart went to the men’s department and set three racks of clothes ablaze, according to a Manatee Sheriff’s report.
The fire ruined thousands of dollars of merchandise and caused extensive damage to the store in the 2900 block of 53rd Avenue East in East Manatee County around 4 p.m. Thursday.
After the fire was discovered, employees saw a man flee the store in a tan pick-up, and other Wal-Mart stores in the area were notified to watch out for him.
Two hours later, deputies were called to the Wal-Mart near Lockwood Ridge Road and University Parkway, where they arrested a man who fit the arsonist’s description.
Phillip R. Wright, 41, of Monroe, Louisiana was arrested on an arson charge in the incident, the sheriff’s office said.
No one was injured in the fire, the report said.