Wal-Mart Arson Attempt Suspect

A three month investigation leads to the arrest of a man who allegedly attempted to burn down his former place of employment.

Fifty-eight-year-old John Helton is charged with one-count of arson and in the Walton County jail Thursday.

Officials say he intentionally tried to burn down the Wal-Mart located off Highway 331 in Defuniak Springs.

Helton reportedly set paper on fire in a canister in the men's restroom.

Authorities say fortunately firefighters were able to put out the flames before they spread to the rest of the building.

Damage is estimated around $3,000.


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