By: Don Shaw email: (570) 543-2961

Arrest in Walmart arson in West Manheim Township

Arrest in Walmart arson in West Manheim Township

Hanover, PA

West Manheim Township Police filed charges against 19 year old Gabriel Hawley of Hanover for felony counts of Arson endangering persons, Aggravated Arson, Causing or risking catastrophe, and misdemeanor counts of Recklessly endangering another, and Criminal mischief. Hawley was arraigned this morning, January 29, 2019 and bail set at $25,000.00 unsecured by Magisterial District Judge Jeffrey A. Sneeringer. Police filed a total of ten charges in this case.

Hawley faces a preliminary hearing on February 1, 2019 in this matter. 


On Tuesday January 15, 2019 at about 7:00 PM, the West Manheim Township Police Department, Pleasant Hill Fire Company and EMS, Hanover Area Fire Company, Littlestown Fire Company, Porters Fire Company, and local Fire Police responded to a fire at the South Hanover Walmart, 1881 Baltimore Pike Hanover, PA.

Police say their initial investigation revealed that two separate fires had been intentionally set inside the business while it was open to the public.

The Pennsylvania State Police Fire Marshall was notified and responded to the scene to assist.

Three Walmart employees reported injuries due to smoke inhalation with one being transported to UPMC Pinnacle Hanover by ambulance. The employee was treated and released.

The total loss amount to the business is yet to be determined, however, the loss will be substantial according to Walmart personnel. Due to damage and investigative needs, the store was closed for over 12 hours.


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