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Accused thief arrested after starting fire inside Walmart on Christmas Eve

3 months 1 day 18 hours ago Tuesday, December 27 2022 Dec 27, 2022 December 27, 2022 7:00 PM December 27, 2022 in News
Source: WBRZ

HAMMOND - Authorities arrested a man accused of setting a fire inside a Walmart to distract workers while he shoplifted on Christmas Eve. 

According to the State Fire Marshal's Office, 500 customers were inside the Hammond Walmart when a man set a fire in the paint aisle around 6 p.m. 

The fire was contained to that aisle and quickly extinguished by employees. All shoppers were evacuated, and no injuries were reported. 

On Tuesday, officials announced that Terrance Michael Coe, 43, was arrested on charges of aggravated arson, attempted second-degree murder, armed robbery and terrorism. 

Coe allegedly admitted to investigators that he purposefully set the fire to create a distraction while he stole items. 

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