Police: Juveniles set at least 20 fires - Tucson News Now

Police: Juveniles set at least 20 fires

TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) -

The Tucson Police Department Special Investigations Division Arson Unit detectives and the Tucson Fire Department continue to investigate an eastside arson case involving at least three juveniles.

According to a news release, three juveniles are accused of setting alley fires in a neighborhood in the area of E. 22nd Street and S. Wilmot Road.

The Tucson Police Department and fire department have responded to at least 20 fire incidents in the area.

During the investigation of seven separate alley fires in that area just on May 12, Tucson Fire Department Investigators and Tucson Police Department Arson Detectives were able to identify three juvenile suspects.

That same day, detectives apprehended two of the three suspects; they are both 11 years old.

The third suspect, who has been identified as a 12-year-old, was located on May 14.

Police say the first two juveniles were ultimately arrested for several counts of reckless burning, arson of property, and felony offenses for the fires that were set in the 6000 block of East 23rd Street, the 5800 to 5900 block of East 24th Street, the 6000 block of East 25th Street, and the 6100 block of East 32nd Street.

The last suspect was not responsible for any of the fires set on May 12, according to police.

He was arrested for reckless burning and arson of property charges for the incidents that occurred in the 5900 block of E. 25th Street and 6000 block of East 26th Street on April 26, and an additional incident that occurred in the 6000 block of East 27th Street on April 28.

The Tucson Police Department believes that other juveniles may be involved.

Anyone with additional information is asked to call 911 or 88-CRIME.

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