Detroit Thief Uses Gasoline, Fire to Rob Store


Police are looking for the man who lit a Detroit check-cashing store on fire Tuesday morning.

Firefighters responded to the arson at the Midtown Check Cashing store on Woodward Avenue and Blaine Street around 10:30 a.m.

The clerk at the store told police that the man entered the store holding a can and demanded money.

When the clerk refused, the man then doused the store with gasoline from his can, and while the clerk was inside, he lit a match, police said.

"The person that was working there is functioning behind bullet proof glass. What he (arsonist) did was throw the gas over the bulletproof glass," said Assistant Detroit Fire Chief.

The clerk was able to make it out of the building and call 911.

Nobody was injured in the fire.

No description of the arsonist was available.

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