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


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

At 9.10pm on Monday, police found that three small fires had been set in the store as a distraction so more shoplifters could steal items.

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

Shoppers roaming the hallways of Meijer in Highland, Indiana, were forced to evacuate Monday night – for them, not one, but three fires that appeared to have been deliberately set throughout the grocery store.

Kaelyn Flavin and her two friends, Charlotte Bates and Michael Medina, were in the store getting makeup when they heard someone shout, “Fire!”

“There were cotton pads on fire and everyone was trying to blow on it to get it out. And we grabbed them all, threw them on the ground and started trampling on it until it went out,” Flavin said.

“It was in the cotton ball passage, so it would have been pretty easy to ignite and disperse,” Bates added.

As store employees and customers rushed to the toy aisle with the Nerf toy and other parts of the store to put out the fires, Highland police said the flames were used as a deliberate distraction for a few people to steal and walk out of the store with goods.

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On Wednesday, police released surveillance footage of two suspects – a man and a woman – believed to be involved in the fires and thefts, along with a picture of a getaway car believed to be a silver Volvo XC90 sports car.

Meijer Brand, Theft Male Suspected

Man suspected in Highland, Indiana Meijer fire, shoplifting. (Credit: Highland Police)

Meijer Brand, Theft Woman Suspected

Woman suspected in Highland, Indiana Meijer fire, shoplifting. (Credit: Highland Police)

Meijer Brand, Theft Flugbil

Escape car in Highland, Indiana Meijer fire, shoplifting. (Credit: Highland Police)

The Indiana State Fire Marshals office also offers a reward of up to $ 5,000 to anyone who can provide information that leads to the conviction of the suspect or suspects who set the fire.

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

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

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

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