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Two arrested in connection with Lowe's fire, theft

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Posted at 2:49 PM, Mar 20, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-20 17:49:24-04

Paso Robles Police have arrested two people who were wanted in connection with a fire and theft at Lowe's Home Improvement on Sunday.

Police say firefighters responded to a fire at the store on Golden Hill Road at about 8:15 p.m.

The building's fire sprinkler system helped minimize the growth of the fire and it was contained in about five minutes. No one was injured.

Police believe the fire was set as a distraction. They say a man entered the store shortly after 8 p.m. and hid a rolling pipe threader under a canvas drop cloth. After the fire was set and alarms and sprinklers activated, the man pushed the pipe threader out of the store.

Police believe several men were working together to pull off the theft.

Officers arrested Jose Mendoza and Rufino Vargas on Thursday on suspicion of conspiracy and grand theft.

Police are looking for an additional person of interest in this case, identified as Jose Ramon Gonzalez Dominguez.

Anyone with information about his whereabouts is asked to contact the Paso Robles Police Department at (805) 237-6464.