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Re: Safeway Shopper Card Leads to Arson Arrest

DevilsPGD (
Sun, 30 Jan 2005 23:41:50 -0700

In message <> -mhd
<> wrote:

> 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.

The most important part is that the charge was bogus, not that he was
released or anything about the real arsonist admitting to it.

I'd be interested in knowing whether or not the accused (the owner of
the card) actually purchased the products, and whether or not his card
was used or if he just provided a phone number.

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