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Walmart fire, theft suspect dies in Indiana

8:53 PM, Jan 15, 2014   |    comments
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NILES TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) -- Authorities say a man suspected of wearing a mask when he set a fire inside a southwestern Michigan Walmart store before stealing thousands of dollars' worth of electronics has killed himself in northern Indiana.

The St. Joseph County, Ind., sheriff's department tells WDND-TV that 31-year-old James E. Turns fatally shot himself Tuesday night.

Berrien County, Mich., Undersheriff Chuck Heit says authorities got a tip that the arson and theft suspect was in Indiana. Heit says the man killed himself after fleeing police on foot in Granger, Ind.

Authorities say a masked man doused baby clothes with a flammable material and set it afire Sunday at a Walmart in Niles Township, about 20 miles south-southeast of Benton Harbor. They say he smashed a display case and stole several iPads.

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