Suspect in string of fires, vehicle thefts to be charged

Suspect in Wyoming fireworks store fire arrested
Wyoming arson suspect strapped to gurney and loaded into ambulance. (July 5, 2016)

WYOMING, Mich. (WOOD) — The man accused of stealing two cars and setting at least one fire is expected to be charged this week.

According to online state police records, 34-year-old Casey George Marvin is facing felony arson, burglary and stolen vehicle charges in connection to a string of arsons and vehicle thefts across Wyoming on Tuesday.

A fire broke out at GS Fireworks on 44th Street SW near Burlingame Avenue sometime before 6:20 a.m. Tuesday, though police haven’t yet been able to link Marvin to the blaze.

Police say then Marvin allegedly stole an SUV from Villa Esperanza, an apartment complex near GS Fireworks. He then apparently crashed it into a tree on 44th Street, and tried to set it on fire by throwing a rag into the gas tank and lighting it.

He then went to the 4300 block of Oriole Avenue where he tried to get into a home, but the door was locked. He was able to get into a second house where he took a shower, clothes and a glass of orange juice. Marvin then allegedly started a fire inside house and stole a vehicle.

Police say Marvin was found driving the wrong way on 36th Street near Burlingame when officers rammed the car into a curb in order to stop it.

Before being loaded into an ambulance, the suspect apparently tried resisting arrest. He was strapped to a gurney and loaded into an ambulance.

No one was injured during the string of arsons or vehicle thefts. The motive behind the crimes is not yet known.

On Wednesday, state police and ATF investigators were finishing up the arson investigation at GS Fireworks, which will be passed on to Wyoming police.

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