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Shoplifter/arsonist shuts down Walmart in Niles

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No figure on total damage was released. Investigators reviewing video surveillance for anything that might identify the suspect.
No figure on total damage was released. Investigators reviewing video surveillance for anything that might identify the suspect.

NILES  (WKZO) -- Berrien County Deputies are looking for a smash and grab thief who walked into the Walmart on South 11th Street in Niles early Sunday morning, with a plan to steal merchandise.

They claim set fire to the clothing department to distract the staff, then rushed over to the electronic’s department, smashed several glass cases, grabbed a lot of high-end merchandise and fled.

The thin white male was wearing a mask and escaped in a newer dark colored four-door sedan.

The store plans to reopen  Monday after spending Sunday cleaning up the damage and broken glass..

If and when he is caught, he will likely face arson as well as theft charges.

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