PLATTSBURGH — An investigation into a false report of a stolen car led to a pair of felony arson arrests here July 12, Plattsburgh City Police say.

Just before 5 p.m. on June 25, City Police allegedly received a report from Plattsburgh man Dallas A. Davis, 23, saying that his car had been stolen, City Police Chief Levi Ritter said.

Ritter added that police received a tip that the vehicle in question had been torched at the old Clinton County Airport, which was later corroborated by officers.

An investigation into the incident determined that Davis had allegedly falsely reported the theft of his vehicle, having actually been driving it at high speeds on the airport property before getting it stuck.

It was allegedly found that, after the car got stuck, Kaiden A. Kripplin, 18, and Kolby R. Devins, 19, both of Plattsburgh, set fire to the car, Ritter said.

Dallas Davis then allegedly called in the report of the stolen vehicle while knowing of its burning, and his mother, Christine M. Davis, who registered and insured the car, falsely reported the vehicle as stolen to their insurance company with aims to defraud them, Ritter said.

The Davises were both arraigned in Plattsburgh City court July 12, with Dallas being charged with falsely reporting an incident, a misdemeanor, and Christine being charged with fourth-degree insurance fraud, a felony.

They were both released into the pretrial release program. Dallas is scheduled to reappear in City Court July 25, while Christine is scheduled for July 22, according to Plattsburgh City Court.

After Kriplin and Devins were arraigned on felony third-degree arson charges in city court, their cases were transferred over to Plattsburgh Town Court where they reappeared July 16.

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