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October 25, 2014

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Alleged co-conspirator in pet store fire arrested in Indiana

The man accused of plotting with a Las Vegas business owner to set fire to the woman's pet shop last month has been arrested near Chicago, authorities said late Friday.

Kirk Bills was arrested about 7:55 p.m. Friday in Crown Point, Ind., according to Clark County Fire spokesman John Steinbeck.

Steinbeck said agents with the FBI Violent Crimes Task Force based out of Chicago made the arrest.

Authorities say Bills, who will be extradited to Nevada, is the alleged co-conspirator in the Jan. 27 fire at the Prince and Princess Pet Shop at 6870 S. Rainbow Boulevard. Twenty-seven puppies locked inside the shop were rescued by responding firefighters.

Bills and Gloria Lee, 35, owner of the pet shop, are charged with first-degree arson, conspiracy to commit arson, 27 counts of attempted cruelty to animals, conspiracy to commit burglary and burglary.

The LVMPD Career Criminal Section, the Clark County Fire Department's Fire Investigation Division, the Clark County District Attorney's Office, and the Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco and Firearms all assisted the FBI with this case.

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