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Dunn chief: Man planned attack on Wal-Mart

Posted March 2, 2009 4:21 p.m. EST
Updated March 3, 2009 12:00 p.m. EST

— A man climbed to the rafters of the Wal-Mart in Dunn Saturday and cut down hanging signs because he held long-standing grudge against the retailer, Chief B. P. Jones of the Dunn Police Department said Monday.

William Arthur Palmer, 46, entered the store at 590 Jackson Blvd around 11 p.m., took some pliers from the hardware department and set about his task, Jones said.

A witness said that when Palmer finished cutting down signs, he slid down a support column  “looking like a fireman."

Police arrested Palmer on charges of injury to real property and disorderly conduct. He was placed in the Harnett County jail on $1,000 bond.

Jones postulated that Palmer, whose wife was injured by a falling sign at that store, had “stewed on this for sometime" and planned the incident.

No one was injured, although the store closed temporarily while workers cleaned up the mess.