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Lottery thief sets himself on fire

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Firefighters said it can't get more ironic than this: an arsonist breaks into a convenience store, steals scratch-off lottery tickets, tries to cover his tracks by setting a fire, and in the process, sets himself on fire.

It happened early Thursday morning in Rome, Georgia, just off of Rockmart Highway.

Safarez Chunara surveyed his store on Friday — the first time he and his family had seen the damage. The inside is completely torched.

"We trying to work and serve the community," Chunara said. "And somebody just come and set up the fire."

Chunara said the store is a complete loss. But how it happened is not — the surveillance video was left in tact.

"He's coming through the front door, using a center punch," said Chunara.

In the man's hand appeared to be charcoal lighter fluid. Within seconds, he began to douse the store. At one point, he spotted the surveillance camera above him and sprayed it.

At that point, the lighter fluid was sitting there with the fumes accumulating, so when he got to the point of igniting it, the fumes had already built up. So that when he tries to set the store on fire, he sets himself on fire.

The fire ignites his face, and all around him, and that's were it looks like he got some flash burns. While still on fire, the suspect grabbed rolls of lottery tickets.

And while he may have burned evidence of his burglary, firefighters said he left behind far more critical evidence of himself and his method — a video diary of a possible serial burglar and arsonist at work.

"Working with the state fire marshal's office, we found that there is some connections with other surrounding areas," said Rome fire marshal Scott Silvey. "The same coming in, smashing in door, lighter fluid and stealing lottery tickets."

That's a precise method that investigators said he has down to 27 seconds — enough time to destroy this family's business.

The GBI is testing the lighter fluid container for the suspect's fingerprints. In the meantime, the fire marshal has notified local hospitals in Georgia and Tennessee to look out for a man with facial, neck, and possibly wrist burns.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Rome Fire Marshal's Office at 706-236-4501.

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Posted: June 2, 2007, 7:33 pm - IP Logged

Stupid!!!  There is a God.!!!!

love to nibble those micey feet.

 

                             

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    Posted: June 2, 2007, 8:19 pm - IP Logged

    We've been getting daily proof there is a God for long time, because as Ron White? says "You can't fix stupid". 

    Fortunately, no one else was injured and the store can be fixed.

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      Posted: June 2, 2007, 8:46 pm - IP Logged

      Just goes to show us all, that CHEATERS always lose in the END. Evil Looking

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        Posted: June 2, 2007, 9:31 pm - IP Logged

        Stupid!!!  There is a God.!!!!

          Bat   L@@K's LIKE ''''' P***edArgue

        De EVIL involved

        >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>2>>>>>>!!

        ??????????????????????????????????????????????????????????

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          Posted: June 2, 2007, 10:03 pm - IP Logged

          I agree.  Satan is alive and well these days.  I feel badly for the store owner and believe the piece of garbage who destroyed his property needs to be punished, but I wouldn't wish being set on fire on my worst enemy.

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            Posted: June 2, 2007, 10:43 pm - IP Logged

            Oh hell, they never learn. I still think criminals like that need life of hard labor in Death Valley. We don't care how long a life, just a deterent for other stupids. I also hear criminals make great organ donors and tasty cat food.

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              Posted: June 2, 2007, 11:23 pm - IP Logged

              Oh hell, they never learn. I still think criminals like that need life of hard labor in Death Valley. We don't care how long a life, just a deterent for other stupids. I also hear criminals make great organ donors and tasty cat food.

              jeffrey:

              IN my HOOD.......the puppy dogs make great organ donors and...... >>>...........................................................................................VERY

              tasty cat food>>> for my cat ODK >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>

              He like's like's to bit their neck and ************************* HOLD!!!!!(ON)!!!!!!>>>>>>>>TIL>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>ALL

              their gut's are RIPPED-OUT>>>>>>>>by all twenty-5 sharp^^^^^

              CLAWS are finished GRIND'g up xxxx##'ss&****XXXXXXXXXX ???/////XYZ!!!!!!!!! and all of the dog'ssssss****XXXXXXXXXX

              THIS CAT>>>>>>>LOVE'ssssssssss to EAT and CLIMB..............BIG TREE'SSSSS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! 222222222222222222222!

              SOME CAT'sssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssRRRRRRRRFUN!

              LOL

              PSYKOMO 

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                Posted: June 2, 2007, 11:41 pm - IP Logged

                psykomo....either you or your cat has severe issues re dogs....but thats kool cuz i have 7 outside cats & 2 indoor cats.

                 "as long as you win more than you lose...gamblins' not a problem"


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                  Posted: June 3, 2007, 7:21 am - IP Logged

                  Stupid!!!  There is a God.!!!!

                  well  don't  know  if  this  was  from  God  or  from  lack -of-having  -a -A-ONE-TRUE-GOD ....

                  but  his  heart  was  so  evil  he  got  the  devil  ......and  he  got  something  he  will  never  forget

                  @Dupe Alert

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                    Posted: June 3, 2007, 11:44 am - IP Logged

                    What a dumbass...

                    I wonder if the instant games he stole were :

                    Red Hot Numbers

                    Blazing 8's

                    Hot 100's

                     

                    whatever they were, they were not very luck for this idiot. LOL

                     

                                                   

                                  

                     

                     

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                      Posted: June 3, 2007, 3:15 pm - IP Logged

                      psykomo....either you or your cat has severe issues re dogs....but thats kool cuz i have 7 outside cats & 2 indoor cats.

                      billyloco:

                      YOU may be correct about this CAT having>>>>>>>>>ISSUES's!!!!!

                      CAT is a BRITISH longhair and has a head as big as a BULLDOG and

                      as a fact......................L@@K's like a BULLDOG & acts like one, TOO!

                      NO, I have no issue with dogs or cats.........when you own a cat like

                      ODK>>>>>>(OD) for short name...u have the "BEST"

                      of both WORLD's.......................................

                      (would not think about bring a dog home).....not YET!

                      LOL (you need to HIT a JACKPOT....to help feed your PRIDE)

                      PSYKOMO   

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                        Posted: June 3, 2007, 6:54 pm - IP Logged

                        What a dumbass...

                        I wonder if the instant games he stole were :

                        Red Hot Numbers

                        Blazing 8's

                        Hot 100's

                         

                        whatever they were, they were not very luck for this idiot. LOL

                        LOL!!!!!!!!!!!

                        I Agree!

                        VAL

                        Don't walk behind me; I may not lead. Don't walk in front of me: I may not follow.

                        Just walk beside me and be my friend.

                                  Albert Camus

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                          Posted: June 3, 2007, 9:19 pm - IP Logged

                          How are you going to win if you don't play?