Daniel Martin Kaufman, 43 from rural Wadena was sent to Becker County District Court for arson in the second degree and felony theft, a report said.
According to court documents, he was the one who started the December. 29 fire that severely destroyed the Wold’s RV Sales building in Detroit Lakes and went home with $30,000 worth of fish house trailer.
Surveillance footage of Foltz Buildings Inc., to the east of Wold’s RV, shows Kaufman’s vehicle pull into and park alongside a few structures on the Foltz property during the time of the fire.
In the end, cellphone tracing as well as several store surveillance videos revealed that Kaufman left his home and drove to Detroit Lakes on Highway 10 and was located in the vicinity of Wold’s prior to the time the fire was announced, and then returned home shortly afterward.
When the firefighters arrived at Wold’s at 9:45 p.m. on Dec. 29th, the flames were shooting out 10-12 feet through windows along the east side and the building was completely engaged, as per the court records.
On August. 19, Becker County District Judge Jay Carlson sentenced him on the arson charge to 23 months in prison at St. Cloud and was granted a 10-year stay.
He was sentenced to 180 days in jail, with credit for the six days completed. Work release rights were granted. He was fined $1,000 plus $1,150 court fees. He was placed on probation with supervision for 10 years. Restitution was set for 90 days.
For the charge of felony theft, the defendant was sentenced to spend 180 days in prison with credit for six days of service which will be taken simultaneously with the original charge.