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Posted: December 26, 2017

Alleged cheesecake thief started fire in escape attempt, police say

Mike Limon has been charged with arson.
Bernalillo County Sheriff's Office
Mike Limon has been charged with arson.

By Joy Johnston, Cox Media Group National Content Desk


A man accused of stealing a cheesecake ended up being charged with arson after trying to evade authorities by starting a fire, police said.

Michael Limon, 54, allegedly stole a cheesecake from a Sam's Club in Albuquerque on Thursday, police said. When confronted, he fled to a nearby Walmart, KRQE reported.

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Police found Limon behind the Walmart, where they say he had set a forklift, a fence and cardboard on fire.

Limon was arrested and charged with arson, according to the Bernalillo County Sheriff's Office. Authorities estimated Limon caused $40,000 in damages.

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