OAN’s Stephanie Stahl
A daring act unfolded at a Target store when a woman set a fire in an attempt to steal baby formula, as reported by the Buena Park Police Department.
The incident occurred on September 5th, around 7:15 p.m., at a Target store located on 7530 Orangethorpe Avenue. The suspect, identified as 40-year-old Cynthia Torres, was apprehended on Tuesday.
Witnesses recounted how the fire rapidly spread through the children’s clothing section, even reaching the store’s ceiling. Target employees managed to extinguish most of the flames before authorities arrived.
Authorities estimated that the fire caused approximately $500,000 in structural damage and around $1 million in retail losses, primarily due to smoke and water damage. Fortunately, no injuries were reported, although shoppers experienced heavy smoke throughout the building.
Investigators have confirmed that the arson was a diversionary tactic employed by Torres to facilitate her theft of baby formula.
Torres is currently held at the Orange County jail on $250,000 bail, according to jail records.
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What is unlawful entry into a structure to commit a theft or felony within called burglary?
Definition. The FBI’s Uniform Crime Reporting (UCR) Program defines burglary as the unlawful entry of a structure to commit a felony or theft. To classify an offense as a burglary, the use of force to gain entry need not have occurred. Il. She is facing multiple charges, including arson, burglary, and theft. If convicted, she could face significant jail time and fines.
Target issued a statement expressing gratitude to their employees for their quick response in extinguishing the fire and ensuring the safety of customers and staff. They also mentioned their commitment to assisting law enforcement in the investigation and prosecution of the suspect.
This incident highlights the lengths some individuals are willing to go to carry out their criminal activities. It serves as a reminder for retailers to remain vigilant and take appropriate security measures to prevent similar incidents. Surveillance cameras, security personnel, and fire safety protocols are crucial in deterring and responding to such crimes.
In recent years, there has been an increase in thefts of baby formula due to its high demand and resale value. Retailers have implemented stricter security measures, such as placing formula behind locked cabinets or requiring customers to request it directly from staff. However, criminals continue to find ways to exploit vulnerabilities and carry out their illicit activities.