Safeway Club Card Leads to Bogus Arson Arrest
eugen at leitl.org
Sat Jan 29 04:16:24 PST 2005
Posted by: michael, on 2005-01-29 11:03:00
from the if-you're-innocent-you-have-nothing-to-fear dept.
Richard M. Smith writes "Tukwila, Washington firefighter, Philip
Scott Lyons found out the hard way that supermarket loyalty cards come
with a huge price. Lyons was arrested last August and charged with
attempted arson. Police alleged at the time that Lyons tried to set
fire to his own house while his wife and children were inside.
According to KOMO-TV and the Seattle Times, a major piece of
evidence used against Lyons in his arrest was the record of his
supermarket purchases that he made with his Safeway Club Card. Police
investigators had discovered that his Club Card was used to buy fire
starters of the same type used in the arson attempt. For Lyons, the
story did have a happy ending. All charges were dropped against him
in January 2005 because another person stepped forward saying he or
she set the fire and not Lyons."
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