A Jersey City man lit piles of clothing on fire before attempting to steal a television from the Bayonne Walmart on Sunday morning, police said.
By John Heinis/Hudson County View
Leroy Rabb, Jr., 41, of Jersey City, was charged with shoplifting, aggravated arson,
risking/causing widespread injury or damage, endangering the welfare of children, as well as two warrants for contempt, according to Police Capt. Eric Amato.
Rabb was taken into custody at about 10:26 hours a.m. from the parking lot of Walmart, located at 500 Bayonne Crossing Way. Officers responded to the store on a report of fire inside of the store.
Amato also said that during the time of the arson, there were approximately 550 customers (50 of whom were infants and toddlers) and 100 employees present in the store, however, no injuries or extensive damages were reported as a result of the incident.
As police arrived, they encountered employees and shoppers evacuating the store. As the officers began their investigation, they were directed to two aisles of the store where piles of clothing were on the floor and burnt.
The articles of clothing were set on fire by an anonymous individual, but was safely extinguished by employees.
As officers began to review security footage, they were able to observe a man, later identified as Rabb, intentionally set the clothing on fire before making his way to the electronics section.
Once at the electronics section, he is observed removing, what appeared to be, a television and heading for the exit doors, passing the register area without paying.
His description was broadcast to all units and officers quickly located Rabb standing behind a parked vehicle in the parking lot where he was eventually identified and arrested.
During the arrest process, he was found to be wanted on two outstanding warrants: one out of Jersey City and one out of Hudson County Superior Court.