Police: Juveniles set at least 20 fires

TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) - The Tucson Police Department SpecialInvestigations Division Arson Unit detectives and the Tucson Fire Departmentcontinue to investigate an eastside arson case involving at least threejuveniles.

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

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

During the investigation of sevenseparate alley fires in that area just on May 12, Tucson Fire DepartmentInvestigators and Tucson Police Department Arson Detectives were able to identifythree juvenile suspects.

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

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

Police say the first two juvenileswere 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, the5800 to 5900 block of East 24th Street, the 6000 block of East 25th Street, andthe 6100 block of East 32nd Street.

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

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

The Tucson Police Departmentbelieves that other juveniles may be involved.

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

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