BRONX MAN ARRESTED FOR ARSON IN TWO FIRES AT DOMINO’S PIZZA LOCATIONS WHICH RESULTED IN OVER ONE MILLION DOLLARS IN DAMAGE AND LOST BUSINESS
Fire Marshals from the FDNY Bureau of Fire Investigation (BFI) arrested 24-year-old Jamal Thomas of 4370 Byron Avenue, Bronx, on Friday, September 10 for starting two fires at Domino’s Pizza locations in August and September of this year that resulted in over one million dollars in damages and lost business. Thomas is charged with multiple counts of arson, reckless endangerment, criminal possession of a weapon and a host of other charges. These charges are punishable by up to 25 years in prison. The prosecution of this case will be handled by the Office of Bronx District Attorney Robert T. Johnson.
On Sunday, August 22 at 6:32 a.m., a fire was reported at 4000 Boston Road in the Bronx. No injuries were reported at this fire, which took 12 units and 60 firefighters to bring under control. On Sunday, September 5 at 4:42 a.m., a fire was reported at 3560 White Plains Road. In this instance as well, no injuries were reported and 12 units and 60 firefighters were able to bring the fire under control. In both incidents, several small fires were set throughout the location using available combustible materials such as cardboard and pizza boxes. Domino’s estimates the damages to both location totals over one million dollars.
An investigation by Fire Marshals lead to Jamal Thomas as the suspect. Thomas had recently been training to be an Assistant Manager at Domino’s until he was terminated for violating company security protocols. Following his termination, Thomas had returned several times to Domino’s locations in uniform claiming to be a member of a secret Domino’s unit that measured employee satisfaction. At the time of his arrest, Thomas was carrying a loaded .357 stainless steel revolver.
“Arson is a crime that shows complete and total disregard for lives and property,” said Commissioner Salvatore J. Cassano. “I commend our Fire Marshals for +removing a very dangerous man from the streets.”
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