YANKTON, S.D. (KCAU) — A man has been arrested for threatening to burn down a Yankton business.
The Yankton Police Department said in a release that it received a report Monday around 12:04 p.m. that a man threatened to burn down Hy-Vee and also mentioned a pipe bomb.
The release added that officers learned the same man also made a “suspicious purchase of materials that can be used to make a homemade explosive device.”
The police and the Yankton County Sheriff’s Office identified the man and later found him and arrested him.
Authorities arrested and charged Jared Herbert Nichols, 30, with possession of explosives or devices with intent to injure, intimidate, or destroy property and threatening law enforcement officer or family.
When asked why, Nichols told one of the witnesses quote, “everything looks better on fire.”
After his arrest, Nichols is accused of threatening to “violate” a female detective.
The Yankton Police Department thanked the community for alerting authorities.