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Suspect arrested in Walmart arson, burglary case

Westminster Police said the suspect attempted to steal jewelry and cash after setting the fires but was unsuccessful.

WESTMINSTER, Colo. — Westminster Police said they have arrested a man accused of starting fires inside a Walmart as he tried to steal from the store.

The Westminster Police Department released photos Wednesday of the man accused of setting several fires Tuesday evening at the Walmart at 7155 Sheridan Blvd., which is northwest of Hidden Lake.

The man started the fires throughout the store to distract employees as he attempted to break into the jewelry cases and cash registers, police said.

He was unsuccessful in his attempt to steal any of the jewelry or cash.

Store employees were able to put out the fires using a fire extinguisher, and the Westminster Fire Department also assisted, police said.

No one inside the store was injured.

On Thursday, police said they had received an anonymous tip through Metro Denver Crime Stoppers that led to the arrest of 32-year-old Anthony Louis Mosely. He will be held at the Jefferson County Detention Facility on the following charges, according to police:

  • Fourth-degree arson
  • Attempted burglary
  • Possession of burglary tools

Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 720-913-7867 or visit metrodenvercrimestoppers.com. Tipsters can remain anonymous and may be eligible for a reward of up to $2,000. 

Metro Denver Crime Stoppers works by assigning a code to people who anonymously submit a tip. Information is shared with law enforcement, and Crime Stoppers is notified at the conclusion of the investigation. 

From there, an awards committee reviews the information provided and, if the information leads to an arrest, the tipster will be notified. Rewards can be collected using the code numbers received when the tip was originally submitted. 

> More information about Metro Denver Crime Stoppers can be found here. 

> Additional Crime Stoppers bulletins can be found here. 


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