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Man burns a Bible as distraction to steal from store

BISMARCK, ND – Police say a man poured lighter fluid on a Bible and ignited it at a Walmart in North Dakota in order to cause a distraction in hopes of stealing items from the store.

A police affidavit says the suspect Andrew Ells, was captured on surveillance video wearing a camouflage ski mask in the store in Bismarck where he went behind some boxes in the garden center area. Soon a fire appears.

The affidavit doesn’t explain why he used a Bible in starting the fire.

He left the store through an emergency exit. It wasn’t clear if he stole anything.

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