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UPDATE (March 22, 2017  11:20 a.m.):

Thanks to the public assistance in locating this witness valuable information was obtained, leading detectives to identify an 11-year-old boy as the suspect.

The boy is charged with Attempted 1st Degree Arson, 1st Degree Malicious Burning, Reckless Endangerment,  and 2nd Degree Malicious Burning after setting multiple fires in the Arbutus Wal-Mart, causing a store-wide evacuation. One Wal-Mart employee was transported to a local hospital for treatment of minor smoke inhalation. Wal-Mart estimates a loss of $10,000 in destroyed property from the fires, including perishable food items that were discarded due to the smoke from the fires.

Original Release (March 21, 2017  4:03 p.m.):

Baltimore County Police are seeking the public’s assistance in identifying a witness who may have information on an unknown suspect who set multiple small fires inside an Arbutus Wal-Mart this morning.

Fire and police personnel responded to the Wal-Mart at 3601 Washington Boulevard at 11:08 a.m. after the business was evacuated when multiple small fires were set in different areas of the building. The fires were extinguished by employees. One person was transported to an area hospital for smoke inhalation.

Police believe the woman depicted below, wearing a white sweatshirt with “Vermont” printed on the front, may have unwittingly been witness to a portion of the events and have valuable information. She was seen leaving in what is believed to be an older model Chevrolet Malibu with an unknown Maryland tag.

Anyone with information on the identity of this witness or possible suspect information is asked to contact police at 410-307-2020.

This incident continues to be investigated by the Baltimore County Police Fire Investigation Division.

This year marks the 15th annual "Shop with a Cop" program in Baltimore County. At 7:30 a.m. on December 10, 100 police officers and 110 children will leave precincts from around Baltimore County to participate in the event.

Officers and children will drive to the Walmart store in Cockeysville. Members of the Optimist Clubs will greet them as holiday music is performed by Dulaney High School students.

The children and their officer “buddies” will do holiday shopping with money provided by the Optimist Clubs of Baltimore County. Each child receives $100 to spend as he or she chooses. Usually, the children buy presents for family and friends.

After shopping, the officers and children will drive to the Outback restaurant in the Hunt Valley Towne Centre for breakfast. (Outback provides the breakfast.)

A special Baltimore County Police Department tradition, the BCoPD “Shop with a Cop” event is the largest in the state.

The Department looks forward each year to doing its part to give families a happy holiday. The event also gives children a chance to know their local police officers.

Original release (March 22, 2016  9:44 a.m.):

The Baltimore County Police Department is seeking the public’s assistance in locating a man missing from the Cockeysville area.

Gregory Simpson is a 46-year-old African American man, 6’4”, and weighs 270 pounds. It is not known what he might be wearing.

Simpson should be operating a silver Chrysler 300 with Maryland license plates of 2BE0003.

Simpson was last seen on March 5 at the Walmart on Frankel Way in Cockeysville. He resides in the Unit block of Lake Ridge Place 21030.

The search for Gregory Simpson is being led by the Baltimore County Police Missing Persons Unit.

Anyone with information on Gregory Simpson is asked to call police at 410-307-2020.

 
 
Revised September 27, 2016