Just after 12:00 AM Wednesday, Columbus police arrested 26-year-old Kevin Gillman for theft at the Walmart on Georgesville road in West Columbus.
A few hours earlier, police think the same suspect started a fire at the Whitehall Walmart around 9:40 PM to create a distraction while he was trying to steal. In surveillence video, Whitehall police say the man was seen driving around in a scooter in the store for more than an hour before he used stolen spray paint to light clothes on fire.
The suspect was seen waiting at the entrance for a getway car, but left with nothing. Whitehall police believe he later went to the Georgesville Road Walmart before he was arrested.