Friday, March 31, 2017

Cruzing Through Walmart

"Walmart employee turns herself in after allegedly setting three fires in Sturbridge store" by Dylan McGuinness and Olivia Quintana Globe Correspondents  September 29, 2016

After the fire, Maiya Cruz, 20, was seen fleeing in a dark-colored Saturn, Sturbridge Police Chief Thomas Ford said in the statement. Investigators called her on her cellphone Tuesday and asked her to come to the Sturbridge station for questioning, but Cruz hung up on them, he said. The next day she turned herself in to police in the nearby town of Auburn.

Cruz pleaded not guilty in Dudley District Court Thursday to charges of disorderly conduct and disturbing the peace, as well as three counts of burning a building’s contents, two counts of destruction of property over $250, and one count of destruction of property under $250, Tim Connolly, spokesman for the Worcester district attorney’s office said.

Cruz was ordered held without bail pending a dangerousness hearing on Oct. 4, Connolly said.

Walmart said in a statement the store was closed Thursday.

“We’re upset that something so reckless and dangerous happened in our store. Thankfully, no one was injured,” company spokeswoman Erica Jones said in a statement. “We are grateful to the fire department for their quick response and the police for investigating the matter; we hope the person responsible is held accountable for their actions.”