Woman Accused of Setting Fires; Shoplifting

A Kansas woman is facing federal charges after allegedly setting fires as a diversion while she shoplifted.

According to the U.S Attorney’s Office, 40-year-old Tahmekah Henson was charged in federal court Wednesday with setting fires as diversions while she was shoplifting at three separate grocery stores.

Henson is facing three counts of arson. The fires are alleged to have been set at the following locations:

  • Save A Lot, 2815 State Avenue, Kansas City, Kan., Nov. 5, 2016.
  • Save A Lot, 2102 Metropolitan, Kansas City, Kan., Nov. 5, 2016.
  • Happy Foods, 5420 Leavenworth Road, Kansas City, Kan., Nov. 5, 2016.

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, Henson 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. Assistant U.S. Attorney Jabari Wamble is prosecuting.