A 40-year-old woman was arrested after being accused of setting a Target store on fire in Buena Park to divert attention from her stealing baby formula, authorities said.
She was arrested on Tuesday, Sept. 14, a week after a blaze erupted in a clothes rack in the children’s department, prompting employees and customers to evacuate.
The fire lead to the Target, at 7530 Orangethorpe Ave., to temporarily closed.
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According to police, the damage to the store was estimated at $500,000 to $1 million, primarily because of water and smoke damage.
No injuries were reported.
Orange County Fire Authority arson investigators and Buena Park police conducted a joint investigation. It was unclear how authorities found the suspect.