Missouri man attempts to set gas station on fire over Flamin’ Hot Cheetos

Joshua Crook, 33.

Joshua Crook, 33.

ST. LOUIS — A Missouri man who attempted to steal a bag of Flamin’ Hot Cheetos from a gas station allegedly tried to set it on fire after the clerk told him to put them back.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that 33-year-old Joshua Lee Crook went into a gas station on Sunday and attempted to steal a bag of Flamin’ Hot Cheetos, but the store manager noticed and told him to put the bag down. Crook left the store.

Police say he then returned several minutes later, grabbed the bag and tried to leave again. But when the manager confronted him, Crook assaulted the man.

Crook then went outside, grabbed a gas pump and threw it on the ground, allowing the gasoline to pour into the parking lot. He next lit a cigarette and threw it toward the spilling gas, attempting to start a fire.

Authorities say Crook’s arson attempt failed and there was no damage.

He is charged with first-degree attempted arson, third-degree assault, theft and trespassing. He is in jail on a $20,000 cash bond.