Burglary suspect set fire to get into building - WFSB 3 Connecticut

Burglary suspect set fire to get into building

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BRISTOL, CT (WFSB) -

Bristol police said a burglary suspect set a fire to allow himself to get into a local business.

The suspect, 29-year-old Derek Rupe of Bristol, was discovered by police inside the Wasteland Gift Shop on Terryville Road around 1:30 a.m. Thursday.

Police said Rupe started a small fire to weaken the exterior structure to assist him with gaining entry into the building. He also broke a water pipe inside the building.

Rupe was also found in possession of more than $500 and a metal throwing star he had stolen from the store.

He was arrested and is facing several charges, including burglary, carrying a dangerous weapon, criminal mischief and arson. He is being held on a $50,000 bond.

Police said more than $1,500 worth of damage was done to the building.

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