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Re: Safeway Shopper Card Leads to Arson Arrest

-mhd (
Sat, 29 Jan 2005 23:06:46 -0500

Monty Solomon <> wrote:

> by Richard M. Smith

> Tukwila, Washington firefighter, Philip Scott Lyons found out the
> hard way that supermarket loyalty cards can 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.


You left out the most important part. The charge was bogus and he was
released after the real arsonist admitted to it.


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