A Kennedy woman is in custody and charged with two felony offenses after allegedly setting fire to her business in Hallock.
Tamara DeVore, 50, was formally charged in court Monday morning at the Kittson County Courthouse with first-degree arson and insurance fraud. She owns the Caribou Grill, a popular restaurant in Hallock.
The arson charge carries a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison, a $35,000 fine or both. The insurance fraud charge carries a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison, a $100,000 fine or both.
A complaint filed Monday states probable cause exists that DeVore intentionally set a fire in the storage room of the Caribou Grill on Thursday, Feb. 21, “with the intent to defraud” her insurance company.
The complaint filed also states that surveillance footage shows DeVore entering and exiting the storage room several times with nothing in her hands. It also shows she was the last person to leave the storage room at 10:21 p.m., and two minutes later at 10:23 p.m. “heavy smoke obscured the camera.” Customers still in the bar area then called 911 at 10:24 p.m.
“No one else was in the vicinity of that room for over 30 minutes prior to the fire, other than the Defendant,” the complaint states.
DeVore was being held at the Kittson County Jail but bonded out Monday morning, said Sheriff Mark Wilwant.
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