Monday, April 06, 2020

Mug Shot Monday

Holy smoke -- was this a bad idea.

The Daily News reports that a 27-year-old North Dakota man wearing a camouflage ski mask is accused of starting a Bible on fire inside a Walmart so that no one would notice him sneaking off with a shopping cart full of merchandise. That fire caused $300,000 in smoke damage, according to an affidavit posted on the Smoking Gun, which reports that security video shows Andrew Ells lighting the blasphemous blaze in the super store’s garden department on Friday.

Police claim Ells confessed Monday to starting the fire using a Bible he appeared to have brought with him and a lighter that he removed from its package inside the Walmart in Bismarck.

“He said he used lighter fluid and put this on the Bible,” the affidavit reads. “He said that he laid the Bible on the floor and ignited the Bible and then exited through an emergency exit.

Police said they found a melted bottle of lighter fluid and a partially singed Bible among the debris at the crime scene.

He was slated to appear before a jury in May but something tells me he thinks God intervened with the coronavirus to let him walk.

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