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Heltonville Man Arrested On Arson Charges
Updated December 15, 2014 8:26 AM | Filed under: Crime
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(BEDFORD) - 23-year-old Dustin Taylor of Heltonville was arrested after he was caught setting a fire at Walmart Saturday. He is also a suspect in setting a fire at Dunhams Friday afternoon.

According to Bedford Police Chief Dennis Parsley, officers arrested Taylor Saturday after they caught him starting a fire in a restroom at the back of the Walmart store early Saturday morning.

Officers were at Walmart investigating the Dunham fire when they were notified Taylor was in the store and had entered the rear bathroom.

"When the officer entered the restroom, they found Taylor had started a small fire," Parsley added. "Officers extinguished the fire and placed Mr. Taylor under arrest."

According to police,Taylor is accused of entering the Dunham store at 4:48 p.m. Friday and lighting some cardboard on fire at the rear of the store near the where the guns and ammunition is displayed in the store.

"The store's manager, armed with fire extinguishers, doused the flames but not before the store was filled with smoke setting off the store's sprinkler system," Parsley says.

The Bedford Fire Department was alerted and spent hours ventilating the building.

Detectives began reviewing in-store video and also found evidence at the scene that led them to Walmart to review store security video there.

"That is when they were informed the person they were looking for was in the store and had entered the restroom at the rear of the store," Pasley added. "When they entered the restroom they caught Mr. Taylor in the act of setting yet another fire."

Taylor was arrested without incident and no one was injured in either fire.

Taylor is also facing two charges of theft from an earlier incident along with two counts of arson.

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