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Alexandria BBQ restaurant owner charged with arson

ALEXANDRIA, Minn. -- The owner of the Blue Smoke BBQ in Alexandria, which shut down three years ago after it was badly damaged in a fire, has been charged with arson.

ALEXANDRIA, Minn. -- The owner of the Blue Smoke BBQ in Alexandria, which shut down three years ago after it was badly damaged in a fire, has been charged with arson.

David Galbraith, 26, of Alexandria was charged in Douglas County District Court Thursday, July 7, with three felonies – conspiring to commit arson in the first degree, theft by swindle and insurance fraud.

The criminal complaint alleges that in August 2013, Galbraith, the co-owner of Blue Smoke BBQ, paid Derrick Bradley, then-manager of the restaurant, money to burn down the building so Galbraith could collect insurance proceeds at a time when the business was failing.

The complaint alleges that as a result of the fire, Galbraith collected more than $266,000 in insurance proceeds.

In a news release, Douglas County Attorney Chad Larson said that Bradley voluntarily came forward with information and cooperated with the investigation.

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“Without Bradley’s assistance, the Blue Smoke BBQ fire would have forever been considered accident

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