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Police release photos of suspects, getaway car after Highland, Indiana Meijer fire as distraction for shoplifting – CBS Chicago


HIGHLAND, Indiana (CBS) – Police in Highland, Indiana, released photos on Wednesday of a wanted man and woman after three small fires were started as a distraction for shoplifting at a Meijer store.

At 9:10 p.m. on Monday, police discovered that three small fires had been started in the store as a distraction so that several shoplifters could steal items.

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CBS 2’s Charlie De Mar spoke on Tuesday night with a group of friends who rushed to put out one of the fires.

Shoppers wandering the aisles of the Meijer in Highland, Indiana were forced to evacuate Monday night – for those not one, but three fires that appeared to have been intentionally started in the grocery store.

Kaelyn Flavin and her two friends, Charlotte Bates and Michael Medina, were in the store putting on makeup when they heard someone scream, “Fire!

“There were cottons on fire, and everyone is trying to blow on them to get them out. and we all grabbed them, threw them on the ground and started stomping on him until he died, ”Flavin said.

“It was in the cotton ball alley, so it would have been pretty easy to catch fire and spread,” Bates added.

As store employees and customers rushed to the toy aisle with Nerf toys and other parts of the store to put out the fires, Highland Police said the flames were used as a deliberate distraction to that a few people steal and leave the store with merchandise.

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Police released surveillance photos of two suspects – a man and a woman – allegedly involved in the fires and thefts on Wednesday, along with a photo of a getaway car believed to be a silvery Volvo XC90 sport utility vehicle . .

Male suspect in Highland, Indiana Meijer fire, shoplifting. (Credit: Highland Police)

Meijer Fire, suspicious thief

Suspicious woman in Highland, Indiana Meijer fire, shoplifting. (Credit: Highland Police)

Meijer Fire, escape car theft

Car getaway in Highland, Indiana Meijer fire, shoplifting. (Credit: Highland Police)

The Indiana State Fire Marshal’s Office is also offering a reward of up to $ 5,000 to anyone who can provide information leading to the conviction of the suspect (s) who started the fires.

Anyone with information that can help identify suspects should call Highland Police Detective Darren Conley at (219) 838-3184.

On Friday, there was an almost identical incident at the Walmart in the southern suburb of Lansing, about six miles from Highland.

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Two fires were started inside the store, causing extensive damage. Arson is believed to be the cause.


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