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Ex-employee allegedly threatens to torch Auburn business and owner’s home

The owner of an Auburn company told police that an employee he had fired last year recently threatened to torch his business and his home.

According to the Auburn Police Department’s report on the incident, which the Auburn Reporter obtained via a public information request, the 32-year-old woman threatened Jerry Sanford, the owner of plastics manufacturer Norplex Inc., alleging that claims the company made about the unspecified “bad behavior” that had gotten her fired on July 17, 2020, were causing her difficulty picking up unemployment.

“You wanna fight me on unemployment,” the woman allegedly wrote Sanford, “then I’m gonna burn your house down, I’m sorry, you and [girlfriend’s] house, and then your business, it will be today or tomorrow but I … promise you you won’t ever see me coming,” the police report quotes her as writing.

Although no charges have yet been filed, Sanford told police he considers the threats credible and will cooperate with prosecutors.

According to the report, Sanford told police the woman had been a day-shift operator for almost two years before her termination. According to what Sanford told police, the very day of her termination, she had sent him an e-mail essentially apologizing for her behavior and thanked him for the opportunity of working for him.

According to the report, Sanford told police that was the last time he had heard from the woman until the Jan. 19 email.

According to the report, at first, Sanford couldn’t decide whether the threat was credible and if he wanted to help prosecutors make their case against her, but after pondering it for a few minutes, he told police he’d “rather be safe than sorry.”

According to the report, Sanford told police that the woman had never been to his home in Graham before and would have had no way of knowing where he lived, but the ease with which she found that information online alarmed him.

According to the report, the former employee also expressed concerns about the legitimacy of her firing, which she alleged happened because she had not gotten along with Sanford’s girlfriend.

According to the report, Auburn police tried to reach the woman at her home in Olympia, but she did not answer their calls.


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