This week the potential robber chose a fiery approach when combining seemingly innocent store products to make makeshift flamethrower, according to the Lenoir Police Department in North Carolina.
Logan Ryan Jones was unable to get the money he was looking for, but he managed to set fire to the store counter, the department said in a press release.
It happened around 12:45 pm on Wednesday, February 23, at the Ross and Company store on Harper Avenue, police said. Lenoir is located approximately 75 miles northwest of downtown Charlotte.
“While in the store, the suspect approached the cash register with a lighter and an aerosol can,” the police said.
“Then the suspect handed the cashier a note demanding money. When the cashier refused to give the suspect money, he sprayed the sludge and set it on fire with a lighter, ”the police said. “It led to a small fire near the cash register.”
Anti-icing sprays are usually contained flammable ingredients for example, a mixture of butane-propane, ethanol and isopropanol, according to Allcarleasing.com.
The fire “was quickly put out”, no one was hurt, but 29-year-old Jones was able to escape, police said. According to officials, he was seen getting into a red Ford Focus and driving away.
The car was found “soon” by Caldwell County Sheriff’s Deputy Sheriffs near another store. Deputies then tracked Jones to his home on Watson Place, less than a mile from where the car was found, officials said.
“Jones was arrested and then charged with one article on attempted robbery using dangerous weapons and one article on setting fire to some buildings,” police said.
“Jones already had an outstanding warrant for one crime in the allowance before the crime was committed.”
The bond was set at $ 250,000, officials said.
This story was originally published February 24, 2022 07:38.