Walmart employee accused of setting fires at store in order to get out of work

A Walmart employee in Hesperia is being accused of starting several fires at the store in order to get out of work.

The incident happened Sunday night, March 24, at the Walmart store located in the 13400 block of Main Street. Authorities identified the employee as 24-year-old Victorville resident Kevin Jermaine Smith.

Investigators say video surveillance from the store showed fires inside and outside the Walmart being started by Smith who was scheduled to work later that night.

Deputies found Smith at a nearby parking lot and taken into custody. Investigators say that Smith confessed to starting the fires so he wouldn't have to work.

His bail was set at $50,000. He's scheduled to appear in court on March 26.