Fire Marshals arrested Jamal Thomas, 24, on Friday and charged him with starting to fires at Domino's in August and September -- blazes that resulted in over $1 million in damages and lost business, authorities announced today.
And officials say Thomas used a ruse worthy of "The Noid" to set the fires.
Thomas, of Wakefield in the Bronx, was in training to be a an assistant manager at Domino's until recently. After he was fired for "violating company security protocols" he later returned several times to Domino's locations in uniform and claiming to be a member of a "secret Domino's unit that measured employee satisfaction," investigators said.
Thomas is now blamed for a fire that sparked o Sunday, August 22 at 6:32 a.m. at 4000 Boston Road and another blaze on Sunday Sept. 5 at 3560 White Plains Road, both in the Bronx. No injuries were reported at either fire.
Officials said both fires were the result of several small fires that were set throughout the location using cardboard and pizza boxes. And at the time of his arrest, Thomas was carrying a loaded .357 stainless steel revolver, authorities said.
“Arson is a crime that shows complete and total disregard for lives and property,” said FDNY Commissioner Salvatore J. Cassano. “I commend our Fire Marshals for +removing a very dangerous man from the streets.”