Police: Man ignited Bible to steal from North Dakota Walmart
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Police: Man ignited Bible to steal from North Dakota Walmart

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BISMARCK, N.D. — A Bismarck man allegedly poured lighter fluid on a Bible and set it on fire Friday at the north Walmart in Bismarck, hoping the distraction would allow him to steal items from the store, according to a police affidavit.

Police arrested Andrew Ells, 27, about 4 a.m. Monday, Lt. Luke Gardiner said. Police had identified Ells as a suspect and searched for him over the weekend. 

Ells is seen on north Walmart video from Friday wearing a camouflage balaclava, dark jacket, dark pants with a yellow stripe and a knee brace, the affidavit states. He is seen going behind some boxes in the garden center portion of the store shortly before the fire appears from that area. 

Reach Travis Svihovec at 701-250-8260 or Travis.Svihovec@bismarcktribune.com

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