Topless coffee shop arson suspect makes court appearance

5:55 PM, May 21, 2010   |    comments
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Raymond Bellavance appears in court via video.

AUGUSTA, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- The man accused of burning down a topless coffee shop in Vassalboro did not enter a plea when he appeared in court Friday on a charge of arson.

Raymond Bellavance appeared for his arraignment via video in Augusta District Court. At first he refused to come out of his cell, but he finally did appear as the charge was formally read to him.

According to court documents unsealed Friday, investigators with the State Fire Marshal's Office say Bellavance was upset his girlfriend, Krista MacIntyre was working at the Grandview Topless Coffee shop. He accused her of engaging in illegal sexual activities there.

Macintyre told investigators that Bellavance began stalking her. They say he became more agitated when he learned MacIntyre was having a sexual relationship with the owner Donald Crabtree.

The documents say witnesses reported hearing Bellavance say he would burn the shop down with gasoline, which investigators say was consistent with the fire scene.

Bellavance was ordered held on the bail that had previously been set, $200,000 or $1 million in property.

Donald Crabtree has since reopened the coffee shop in a trailer at the same site.


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