Pet store arson accomplice arrested in Indiana

Kirk Bills. Photo Courtesy Lake County Sheriff's Department
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Indiana officials have picked up a man accused of setting fire to a Las Vegas pet store while 27 puppies were still inside.   Firefighters got all of the dogs out safely.

Police in Indiana arrested Kirk Bills Friday evening.  Authorities had been hunting for Bill since an arrest warrant was issued on Wednesday in Las Vegas.

Officials say Bills helped pet store owner Gloria Eun Hye Lee set fire to her Prince and Princess pet store on January 27.

According to KSNV in Las Vegas, an officer with the Lake County Jail in Crown Point, Ind., confirmed a Chicago-based FBI task force brought Kirk Bills to the Lake County jail just before 9 p.m. Friday.

He was found by the FBI Violent Crimes Task Force which is based out of Chicago, at an apartment in Indiana at 5:55 p.m.

Authorities said Bills will be extradited back to Las Vegas but no timeline was provided.

The story has spawned outrage in the Las Vegas community - especially among animal rights advocates.

Lee has already been in custody, being taken away in handcuffs following a court hearing Friday morning.

A judge raised her bail to $310,000 after additional charges were added Wednesday.  Another court hearing is set for Tuesday.

Lee faces 31 counts of arson, conspiracy, burglary and attempted animal cruelty.

Police say Lee and Bills were seen on surveillance video dousing the Prince and Princess pet store with gasoline while the 27 puppies were inside.

Animal rights advocates say they're happy that Justice of the Peace Janiece Marshall declared Lee a danger to the community and a flight risk.

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Information from:  KSNV MyNews3 & Associated Press