Kansas City woman charged with setting fires as diversion for shoplifting

Gavel (KSN News)
Gavel (KSN News)

KANSAS CITY, Kan. (KSNW) – A Kansas woman was charged in federal court Wednesday with setting fires as diversions while she was shoplifting at three separate grocery stores.

Tahmekah D. Henson, 40, Kansas City, Kan., is charged with three counts of arson. The fires are alleged to have been set at two Save A Lost stores and Happy Foods.  All of the fires occurred on Nov. 5.

Documents filed in the case allege Henson set fires in store aisles so she could leave the stores with shoplifted meats during the confusion. In each case there were customers and employees in the stores.

If convicted, she faces a penalty of not less than five years and not more than 20 years and a fine up to $250,000 on each count. The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives investigated.