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FBI offering reward for info on fires at 3 Walmart stores in Alabama and Mississippi

The FBI posted photos of people in masks and is offering $2,500 for information about suspicious blazes at the popular big box stores.
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The FBI is searching for people in connection to fires at four Walmart stores along the Gulf Coast of Mississippi and Alabama, officials said Monday.

Over the weekend, federal agents offered rewards for information on people seen in pictures from Walmart locations that experienced suspicious fires, one in Gulfport, Mississippi, and two around Mobile, Alabama.

In a series of six tweeted photos, the images of masked shoppers appeared to show at least three people, two men and a woman, FBI spokesman Thomas Loftis said.

The first of the fires was on May 27 at a Walmart on Beltline Road in Mobile.

A day later, another suspicious blaze was ignited at the retail giant's location in Tillman's Corner, in Mobile County, Alabama — about nine miles south of the May 27 fire.

On Friday,flames broke out at another Walmart location, this one in Gulfport, about 70 west of Mobile. A fire was also reported Friday, about 10 miles east, at a Walmart in neighboring Biloxi, Loftis added.

Of those four stores, three were open for business on Monday but the one at Tillman's Corner location remained closed, according to Walmart.

"Our focus right now is the safety of our associates and customers," Walmart spokesman Scott Pope said in a statement.

"We will continue to work closely with law enforcement officials to resolve this as quickly as possible."