Man accused of setting Walmart fire to cover shoplifting in Anderson

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ANDERSON, SC (WSPA) – A man is accused of setting a fire inside Walmart as a diversion for shoplifting, according to an Anderson Police report.

Police say Michael Travis Robinson set fire to a product inside the store causing extensive smoke and water damage to the store.

Anderson Fire Department Lt. Travis Poore said the fire happened around 2:30 p.m. on Oct. 15 at the Walmart at 651 Highway 28 Bypass.

Poore said the fire was in the back of the store in the photo and toy area. Customers and employees were evacuated from the store, which closed following the fire.

No one was hurt.

Investigators were able to identify Robinson as the suspect.

They say he was trying to create a diversion so he could shoplift.

Robinson was arrested Thursday morning at 12 a.m.

He is charged with Shoplifting and Arson Second Degree.

His bond as set at $10,000.

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