Police arrest teen in several arson cases
Web Producer: Rikki Mitchell
TUCSON (KGUN9-TV) - Tucson Police arrested a 14-year-old boy in connection with several fires that happened this week.
Sgt. Maria Hawke with TPD tells KGUN9 that the boy was arrested Thursday in connection with several arson cases.
Hawke says officers responded to the 2200 block of South Camino Seco on Wednesday for a car fire, as well as a fire started in a garbage bin and graffiti on several vehicles.
Later that night, officers responded to the La Petite Academy at 8885 E. Golf Links Road for a burglary alarm. They didn't find anything out of order while there.
Then at 2:00 a.m. officers got another burglary alarm and this time they found two vans on fire in the parking lot.
They also saw that a fire was started in the building.
The fires were extinguished by Tucson Fire crews and there was no structural damage to the building.
A K9 Unit was able to track a scent from the scene to a nearby home. Officers spoke with a woman there who told them her son was missing from the home.
When he returned, she called police to tell them he had come back. Detectives were able to confirm his involvement in the car fires and graffiti incidents as well as the fires at La Petite Academy.
He was also found responsible for another trash can fire that happened in the 2400 block of south Parillo on Thursday.
He was arrested and charged with four counts of arson of a structure, two counts of criminal damage, two counts of arson of property and one count of third degree burglary, all felony offenses.
He was taken to the Pima County Juvenile Correctional Center.