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Man allegedly sets fire in Batavia Walmart to steal ear buds

A Batavia man was charged with arson after he allegedly set a store security box on fire to grab a pair of $29 Apple ear buds in a Walmart store at 4133 Veterans Memorial Parkway in Batavia.

According to the Genesee County Sheriff's Office, John R. Delara, 19, of McArthur Drive, disposed of the still smoldering box under a metal display rack and tried to leave the store with the merchandise just before noon on Friday. The suspect was stopped before he left by a Walmart security officer, deputies reported.

Delara was issued an appearance ticket for fifth-degree arson, petit larceny and fourth-degree criminal mischief.

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