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

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.

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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.

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