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New Port Richey boy, 11, arrested on arson charges

NEW PORT RICHEY – An 11-year-old boy was arrested Wednesday after, police say, he set several fires to his home and other houses in the 6000 block of Indiana Avenue over the past few months.

Neighbors have made at least 11 emergency calls since July 2011, a New Port Richey Police report states. The call frequency increased in January. In the past week, police responded to four calls. The boy was setting fire to sheds, trees, chairs, a lattice, a wheelbarrow and a house, the report states. Police interviewed the boy during several calls but were never able to obtain enough evidence for an arrest.

Police staked out the area Wednesday night, when they caught the boy in the act and arrested him, the report states. He admitted to starting six fires and was booked in the Juvenile Assessment Center on six charges of arson.

The Times is withholding his name due to his age.

New Port Richey boy, 11, arrested on arson charges 02/07/13 [Last modified: Thursday, February 7, 2013 4:41pm]
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