WAUKEGAN, Ill. (Jan. 24)—An ex-employee at Bartlett, Ill.-based rubber equipment supplier Rep Corp. has been arrested and charged for setting a fire at the home of the company president and further charges are pending in relation to another blaze he allegedly set at the business. The 28-year-old suspect was an employee at the business, which sells rubber injection molding machinery, until being laid off with three other workers in April 2001. He told law enforcement officers after being arrested that he was angry about being forced to leave the company. The two fires were set sometime between the late hours of Jan. 14 and the early morning of Jan. 15. The fire at the Rep location caused an estimated $750,000 in structural damage, but no one was injured. The suspect is facing at least four felony charges connected with arson and burglary.
Disgruntled ex-worker arrested for fires at Rep Corp., company president's home
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