Utah man arrested in sheepskin store fire

DENVER — A Salt Lake City man has been arrested on suspicion of starting a fire that destroyed a sheepskin store near Denver.

Thirty-four-year-old Walter Bond was arrested Thursday night. Federal prosecutors have charged him with one count of arson in connection with the fire at the Sheepskin Factory in Glendale in April.

Investigators say Bond told a friend that he started the fire, as well as two other fires in Utah that destroyed business he deemed were cruel to animals. Court documents say Bond has the word “vegan” tattooed on his neck.

Bond has not been charged in the other fires. He allegedly told the friend that he started the fire that destroyed the Leather Factory in Salt Lake City in June and the Tiburon Restaurant in Sandy, Utah, which served foie gras.


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