Update: The fire cost Richland Fred Meyer millions. Police say it was for heroin.

  • Source: Vancouver Columbian
  • Published: 02/02/2018 07:58 AM

The fire that shuttered Richland’s Fred Meyer for almost three days and caused millions worth of damage to the store and merchandise allegedly was started to cover up the theft of a PlayStation. Daniel R. Wright was going to trade the video game console with Eliseo J. Garcia for heroin, court documents show. But just 30 minutes after setting fire to a store display with yarn, Wright had Garcia drive him to the Benton County jail. It didn’t take long for jail officials to confirm for Richland police that the man in the Fred Meyer surveillance video was the same man who had just checked into the Kennewick facility, documents said.


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