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Sandusky man in custody for arson after setting 2 fires at Kroger, causing over $1M in damage

According to the FEIB, Shane Andrews caused 2 fires in one night at Kroger on Perkins Ave. He has been arrested for aggravated arson charges, a first degree felony.
Credit: Perkins Township Police Department

SANDUSKY, Ohio — A Sandusky man is in custody tonight on charges of aggravated arson, a first degree felony, after allegedly setting fire to products at a Kroger store in Perkins Township.

The Division of State Fire Marshal’s Fire and Explosion Investigation Bureau (FEIB) asked for the public's help in identifying and locating the person suspected of causing the Thursday night fires. A reward of $5,000 was offered for any information leading to the suspect's arrest.

The Perkins Township Police Department posted on Facebook earlier tonight, confirming they had arrested the individual believed to be responsible.

After receiving multiple tips, Shane Andrews was located near the Sandusky Mall and taken into custody. 

Andrews is currently being held at the Erie County Jail on charges of aggravated arson, which is a first degree felony.

The first fire at the Kroger location on Perkins Avenue, happened at 9 p.m. According to the FEIB, Andrews ignited a tunnel of toilet paper he had constructed on a bottom shelf. 

After employees quickly discovered the fire, they removed the burned product and exited the area.

Andrews arrived again at 9:16 p.m. and set fire to the same product. This went undetected until flames were visible. Damages are expected to exceed $1,000,000.

Surveillance footage shows Andrews leaving the store, but returning to a window to watch the fire. 

The Perkins Township Police Department announced the arrest on Facebook, thanking the public for their help.

We currently have Shane Andrews of Sandusky in custody for his involvement in setting the fire at Kroger located in...

Posted by Perkins Township Police Department on Friday, October 2, 2020

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