YUMA, Ariz. – The man suspected of setting off a homemade smoke device inside a Yuma Walmart mid-January is dead.
Yuma Police Department (YPD) Officials say Nicholas Saner died in a car crash in Sierra Blanca, Texas a week after the Walmart incident. Officers say Saner was a passenger in a car pursued by a federal agency, when the driver of that car crashed into a semi-truck killing Saner.
Police say they began investigating Saner when they were called out to the Walmart on Avenue B after a fire inside the store was reported. Investigators allege Saner was the person responsible for setting off the smoke device in an attempt to shoplift.
Saner’s body was identified in the Texas crash after being finger-printed.
Officials say the Walmart case is now closed due to his death.