Ex-Firefighter Charged With Arson, Theft In Florida

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Authorities in Florida say a former firefighter set a fire in a Walmart and then left with a cart full of unpaid goods as employees rushed to put out the flames.

WPEC-TV in West Palm Beach reports former firefighter Kenneth Gray was charged with arson and petit theft on Tuesday for the fire that damaged a Walmart store last month.

Investigators used surveillance video to identify Gray, who was fired from the county fire department earlier this year.

Palm Beach County deputies say he loaded a cart, placed it near the front entrance and then set the fire to cause a distraction as he walked out with the items.

Online jail records didn’t list an attorney for Gray.