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Charges filed against Tappa for Oconto bar fire


OCONTO, WI (WTAQ) - Oconto police say they've charged a suspect believed to have set a bar on fire on Christmas Day.

Officials say 39-year-old Donald L. Tappa is facing a total of ten charges, including arson, burglary, theft and criminal damage to property.

The initial investigation found that there were signs of burglary and the blaze was set on purpose at the Log Jam Saloon. Police indicate that an officer saw Tappa sitting in a vehicle across the street from the bar just before the fire was reported.

According to prosecutors, someone broke into a safe, jukebox and ATM at the bar. Two witnesses told police they saw Tappa with large amounts of $20 bills the next day.

The criminal complaint shows that police found prying tools and a reciprocating saw in Tappa's apartment and a garage he had access to. They also found a backpack that smelled of smoke.

Tappa has been jailed since January 8 due to a probation violation.