SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. — South Charleston police said a man charged in connection with an arson fire at Walmart set the blaze moments before he broke into two locked jewelry displays and left the store with jewelry valued at more than $2,600.
Robert Walden Rogers, 41, is charged with second-degree arson, felony destruction of property and grand larceny after the fire that occurred about midnight Wednesday, according to a criminal complaint filed in Kanawha County Magistrate Court.
Rogers was arrested Wednesday in Logan by South Charleston police with assistance from Logan County sheriff’s deputies. He had outstanding warrants in Logan County and a governor’s warrant out of Virginia and was picked up after police received a tip off a tip line.
The criminal complaint said South Charleston police reviewed video surveillance from the store and observed a man later identified as Rogers attempting to enter the building through several locked doors. The suspect entered the store, obtained a buggy and went to the sporting goods section where he set fire to an area where tarps are stocked on the shelf.
Police said the suspect then walked through the store to the jewelry counter, broke into two locked jewelry displays and other areas within the jewelry department and took the jewelry.
The store was evacuated after the fire broke out. Damage was estimated at more than $2,500.
Rogers is currently being held in the Southwestern Regional Jail. Jail records list his hometown as Bruno.
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