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Police: Close to an arrest in Home Depot fires

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SAGINAW COUNTY, MI (WNEM) -

On Wednesday and Thursday, two different Home Depots had fires set inside.

Saginaw County Sheriff Bill Federspiel said the department has leads on who started a fire yesterday in a Home Depot, but no arrests have been made.

“Right now we have some suspects in mind,” Federspiel said.

So close, but not quite there.

“We have great information from store employees, witnesses. We're reviewing video tape today,” Federspiel said.

Federspiel said two men started the fire in attempt to steal merchandise from the store.

“Then before they get to the check-out counter, they go back to get more things and one of them starts a fire as a diversion,” Federspiel said.

Genesee County Sheriff Robert Pickell said the crimes are a little mind-boggling. He believes they will be caught, and fast.

“It's unusual that they committed a 20-year felony, for arson, to commit a larceny which is a 4-year penalty. So, they're not all that smart,” Pickell said.

The Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearm Agency is also investigating this case.

Both sheriffs have no doubts both fires were played out by the same two men.

Federspiel said while the department is close to an arrest, they still need the public's help.

They are looking for two black men in their late 30s, one of medium height and thin build with an unshaven face, and the other around 6'3 and 250 pounds.

Witnesses say they saw the pair drive off in a 1996-style GMC Jimmy with the license plate beginning with the letter K.

“To get a positive identification on these individuals, locate them, and arrest them. That's what we're working on today, we hope to get that done,” Federspiel said.

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