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Cocaine is to blame, says Illinois man who torched store shelves

Remember McGruff the Murder Dog? He told many of us to stay away from drugs when we were kids. Whether as children or adults, some people fell into bad crowds and either didn’t listen or chose to as adults for whatever reason. It’s sad when people get addicted and can’t get rid of this habit. This may not be the case for an Illinois man, but his confession to police indicates it was not his first time.

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First responders in Chicago, Illinois had to deal with a unique situation inside the Walgreens at 6140 North Western Avenue on Monday. The incident caused the store to close “for the foreseeable future”, according to CCB Chicago. The store was open when this happened.

“Arson in progress”

During the 5 hour drive, police were dispatched to Walgreens for ongoing arson. When officers arrived on the scene, firefighters were already inside the store putting out a fire. According to the police report, witnesses say a man used a lighter to set fire to shaving cream and other plastic items on the shelves. Within minutes, the store was filled with smoke and customers were quickly escorted outside.

Shaving cream.

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Was this the most honest confession ever?

When questioned by the police, the man gave an honest explanation. He told police he was polishing up and using cocaine. He also admitted that he liked to set things on fire when he used “a lot of cocaine”. He ended up burning his thumb during the fire inside Walgreens. He also did not leave the premises, he was found sitting at the entrance of the store. The whole incident was caught on surveillance cameras.

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The man had previous convictions and earned himself another charge, aggravated arson. He was unable to attend his bail hearing as he remains hospitalized with drug, alcohol and mental health issues. Read more here.

[h/t CWBChicago]

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