Teens Charged With Arson, Theft

Posted at: 02/15/2013 6:52 PM
By: John Doetkott

(ABC 6 NEWS) -- Two young Iowa teens face serious charges after police said they set fire to a home and tried to steal a car.

And the suspects are not even old enough to drive.

Two boys, aged 14 and 13, are behind bars after a series of incidents that police said started around 5:00pm on Thursday afternoon.

Authorities said the two boys set fire to a vacant home at 1619 S Wilson Ave on the southwest side of Mason City.

While firefighters and other emergency officials worked to put out the fire, police received a call about suspicious individuals at a nearby car repair shop.

When police arrived at the shop they discovered the two boys inside a vehicle, apparently attempting to steal it.

One tried to run, but both were arrested.

Fire department officials said this is not the first time something like this has happened.

“It does happen and it's not new, but you hate to see it that young,” said Cpt. Jared Ogbourne of the Mason City Fire Department. “But there's many programs in place that can help them.”

Police said the two boys were actually runaways from nearby Francis Lauer Youth Services shelter.

ABC 6 News is choosing not to name the pair, due to their age.
They now face second degree arson and theft charges and are being held at the Waterloo Juvenile Detention Center.