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.