Glendale, Colorado (The Weekly Vice) - Walter Edmund Bond, a 34-year-old animal rights activist from Salt Lake City, Utah was jailed Thursday after he allegedly burned down a sheepskin factory in Colorado.
According to Denver Fire Department investigators, a fire was set on April 30th at the Sheepskin Factory, a business that sells products such as seat covers, shoes, rugs, and blankets. The fire resulted in $500,000 worth of damage, destroying the building and it's contents. Officials determined that the fire was intentionally set.
Authorities reviewed the business's security camera video footage, which showed a man wearing dark clothes and carrying a backpack walking towards the factory around 3:15 a.m, shortly before the fire was reported.
Investigators say a man using the nickname "A.L.F. Lone Wolf" posted the following message over the internet:
“Be warned that making a living from the use and abuse of animals will not be tolerated. Also be warned that leather is every bit as evil as fur, as demonstrated in my recent arson against the Leather Factory in Salt Lake City. Go vegan!”
Officers believe the "Leather Factory" mentioned in the posting is regarding an arson that happened at the Tandy Leather Factory in Salt Lake City, Utah, which had been set on fire June 5th, causing $20,000 in damages. The Tiburon Restaurant in Sandy, Utah, was set ablaze on July 2nd, causing $10,000 in damages and forcing the restaurant to close it's doors for 13 days. The store owner lost another $30,000 in revenue during the closing.
An informant contacted the F.B.I. after Bond reportedly called them from a payphone and admitted to the arsons. The informant described a prominent tattoo on the suspect's face, and the word "vegan" across his neck. A meeting was set up at the Ramada Inn in Glendale, Colorado, where he admitted on undercover surveillance video that he had set all the fires. Bond was arrested at a friends house, who stated that the suspect ate two hamburgers containing beef while he was there. Bond had a backpack in his possession, which contained propaganda literature titled "The Declaration of War - Killing People to Save Animals - Strike a Match, Light a Fuse, We Only Have the Earth to Lose."
Bond was booked into jail and charged with one count of arson of property affecting interstate commerce. If convicted, he faces a maximum prison term of 20 years in prison and a $250,000 fine. He has not been charged with either Utah incident, although he takes responsibility.
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