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Dollar Store manager sets fire to store – with customers inside – to cover up theft

A Dollar General store manager has been accused of setting her south Georgia store on fire – with customers inside – to hide her theft of a cash deposit of $3,300, according to the Georgia Insurance and Safety Fire Commissioner.

Kay Yvette Taylor, 41, is charged with one count of theft and one count of first-degree arson for the August 17 incident.

The fire caused more than $300,000 damage to the store’s contents and more than $399,000 damage to the store’s structure, Safety Fire Commissioner John King said in a statement. Investigation after the fire revealed a missing $3,300 cash deposit that investigators believe was the motive for the fires.

Taylor was arrested on September 11 and booked into Coffee County Jail, where she awaits trial. If she is convicted, she faces 20 years in prison and a $50,000 fine for the felony arson charge.

King said two separate fires were set inside the building and that the fire department was called at about 10:40 a.m. on August 17,

All the customers present at the time of the fire escaped without injury, but investigators are asking those present to call in.

 

[Feature Photo: Kay Taylor via Georgia Insurance and Fire Safety Commission]