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Alleged cheesecake thief started fire in escape attempt, police say

Published: Tuesday, December 26, 2017 @ 9:59 AM
By: Joy Johnston, Cox Media Group National Content Desk

A man accused of stealing a cheesecake ended up being charged with arson after trying to evade authorities by starting a fire, police said.

Michael Limon, 54, allegedly stole a cheesecake from a Sam's Club in Albuquerque on Thursday, police said. When confronted, he fled to a nearby Walmart, KRQE reported.

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Police found Limon behind the Walmart, where they say he had set a forklift, a fence and cardboard on fire.

Limon was arrested and charged with arson, according to the Bernalillo County Sheriff's Office. Authorities estimated Limon caused $40,000 in damages.