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Shoplifters set fire to local Target store

. (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews)

Investigators in Fort Lauderdale, Florida are reporting that several people set a Target store on fire as a diversion to their shoplifting.

The incident occurred around 9:15 p.m., Wednesday at the Target in the Coral Ridge Mall at 3200 N. Federal Highway.

According to Fort Lauderdale Police and Fire Rescue, the subjects set a bunch of clothes on fire inside of the store to distract employees as they made their way out of the store without paying for their items.

Witnesses told reporters that the fire burned for about 30 minutes before fire rescue arrived to help put the flames out.

Investigators say multiple suspects were involved in the act, however, it is unclear how many there were.

Authorities are asking for the public’s help in locating the suspects. If you have any information about this incident, you are asked to contact Broward County Crime Stoppers at 954-493-TIPS.