5 indicted, arrested in connection with fires set at Walmarts in Mississippi, Alabama

Five men indicted by an Alabama grand jury have been arrested in connection with fires set at Walmarts in Alabama and Mississippi.

The indictment, issued under seal, was released Thursday after the men were arrested in Gulf Shores, Ala. The FBI investigated the case.

The men were arrested on warrants served this morning. The five men originally are from Kearney Nebraska, but now live in Gulf Shores. At the time of the fires, the indictment said, the men were in a rental house in Lillian, Alabama, in eastern Baldwin County.

  • Jeffrey Sikes, also known as Kenneth Allen, faces two counts: Conspiracy to maliciously destroy by fire and malicious destruction by fire
  • Sean Bottorff, also known as Sean McFarland, faces one count: Conspiracy to maliciously destroy by fire
  • Michael Bottorff faces one count: Conspiracy to maliciously destroy by fire
  • Quinton Olson faces one count: Conspiracy to maliciously destroy by fire
  • Alexander Olson faces three counts: Conspiracy to maliciously destroy by fire and two counts of malicious destruction by fire

According to the indictment, the fires began in May 2021. The fires set in Mississippi were set at the Walmart on U.S. 49 in Gulfport and at the Walmart on C.T. Switzer Drive in Biloxi, both on June 4, 2021.

The fires were set, the indictment charges, in an attempt to force Walmart to meet demands set for in the group’s manifesto.

If convicted, each count carries a minimum of 5 years in prison, a $250,000 fine and 3 years of supervised release.

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