A San Jose man is in a heap of level woes after being charged with multiple felony arson charges for setting a massive fire at a local Home Depot store earlier this month.
The Santa Clara County District Attorney’s Office confirmed the charges against Dyllin Jaycruz Gogue, 27, who was charged with aggravated arson, seven counts of grand theft, and three counts of petty theft.
On April 9, Gogue allegedly started the five-alarm fire at the store located in San Jose while he was shoplifting. He started the fire to distract himself from his crime.
The blaze ended up destroying the 98,827 square foot store, and caused an estimated $17 million in inventory loss, Complex reported.
Luckily, no one was hurt.
“The evidence shows that the suspect—who had earlier that day stolen items from a nearby Bass Pro Shop-—lit the fire in the Home Depot and tried to leave the store with a cart containing stolen tools,” District Attorney Jeff Rosen said.
“I am thankful to all the law enforcement partners who quickly brought this person to justice,” District Attorney Jeff Rosen added. “And I am thankful this was not a multiple murder case. This fire, set during business hours, could so easily have left bodies in the rubble. It was horribly reckless behavior, and we will prosecute him to the fullest extent of the law.”
The National Weather Service’s San Francisco office said that the fire was so large that its heat signature was detected from space.
Gogue is scheduled to appear in court on June 1 and is being held without bail in Santa Clara County jail.
“We’re thankful no one was harmed, and that all of our associates and customers are safe and accounted for,” a Home Depot spokesperson told CNN. “Thank you to our associates for the fast action and courage they showed to quickly evacuate the building, which ensured no one was harmed.”