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Two juveniles arrested for arson

Indiana State Police say young teens were arrested in a reported arson fire in Terre Haute.

 

On September 23, Trooper Gerald Stump of the Putnamville State Police Post responded to a residence fire at 1140 North Pointer Street, Terre Haute.  Upon his arrival to the residence, he spoke with members of the Seelyville Fire Department who informed him that the residence was abandoned, with no electricity, which led them to believe that the fire was possibly arson.  Trooper Stump also spoke with witnesses in the area, stating that they observed two juveniles running from the residence prior to them seeing smoke.

 

Master Trooper Detectives Jason Schofstall and Angie Hahn from the Putnamville State Police Post then took over the investigation. During the course of the investigation it was discovered that two juveniles had allegedly broken into the residence located at 1140 North Pointer Street, damaged property within the residence and set a fire inside.   

 

After a complete review of the investigation the Vigo County Prosecutor’s Office requested a warrant to be issued for the two juveniles' arrest.  Arrest warrants were issued by the Vigo County Juvenile Court. Both juveniles were taken into custody without incident and transported to the Vigo County Juvenile Detention Center.  

 

A 14-year-old male, of Terre Haute is charged with:

  1. Arson, Level 4 Felony
  2. Burglary, Level 4 Felony
  3. Criminal Mischief Damage is at Least $50,000, Level 6 Felony
  4. Criminal Trespass, Class A Misdemeanor

 

A13-year-old male, also from Terre Haute is charged with: 

  1. Arson, Level 4 Felony
  2.  Burglary, Level 4 Felony
  3. Criminal Mischief Damage is at Least $50,000, Level 6 Felony 
  4. Criminal Trespass, Class A Misdemeanor

Assisting Agencies:  Vigo County Sheriff's Department, Terre Haute Police Department, State Fire Marshal, and Seelyville Fire Department.  

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