Man pleads guilty in Home Depot fires


A former Home Depot employee pleaded guilty yesterday to federal arson charges in U.S. District Court in Baltimore, admitting he set fires at company stores in Edgewood and Bel Air last summer, authorities said.

The defendant, Derek W. Hall, 33, of Elkton, was fired from Home Depot last March, according to a statement presented in court.

He was seen on security cameras in the two locations just before the fires, which forced store evacuations.

A can of acetone with Hall's fingerprints was recovered from the scene of another Home Depot fire in Delaware, where he also has pleaded guilty to an arson charge, authorities said.

U.S. District Judge William Quarles scheduled sentencing for June 10.

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