Family-Owned Business Hit by Arsonists


A family-owned business is hit by arsonists, and now authorities are looking for the two men who were caught in the act by a surveillance camera.

"We've had the business for 15 years. This is the first time this happened," says Eddie Burns, manager of Omaha Liquor, and the son of the owners. "It's very unfortunate because this is my family's livelihood, and if anything worse were to happen, we'd be stuck."

Sheriff's deputies say at about 3:15 a.m. on October 19, a fire sparked at Omaha Liquor located at 6245 Omaha Boulevard. Surveillance video shows two men igniting discarded boxes left outside the front of the business. The fire damaged the exterior of the building.

Burns says the family has insurance to cover most of the cost of the damage, but that the loss is still a blow. "We have smoke damage inside and it smells like a campfire inside, and you can't really do anything about it."

The first suspect is described as a white or Hispanic male in his early 20s, approximately 5’8” – 5’10” tall, wearing a blue & black or navy blue flannel jacket with hood, jeans, and white shoes.

The second suspect is described as a white or Hispanic male in his early 20s, stocky build, approximately 5’8’ – 5’10” tall, brown hair with military style haircut with side burns, wearing a blue short sleeve t-shirt, jeans, and dark shoes.

Anyone with information on this incident and the two parties in the photographs, are asked to contact the El Paso County Sheriff’s Office at 719-390-5555, or Crime Stoppers at 634 - STOP.

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