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Officials say boys caused fire

Published Oct. 18, 2005

Two teen-age boys were arrested Tuesday after they admitted to burning down a mobile home a week ago. The boys, 13 and 14 years old, each were charged with arson, according to the Pasco County Sheriff's Office. The teens, both from Port Richey, are not being identified because they are juveniles.

On Oct. 16, the youths set a fire in the bedroom of a mobile home at 90 Royal Palm Ave., causing $7,000 in damage. The home was unoccupied at the time, said Sheriff's Office spokesman Jon Powers.

One of the boys bragged to his classmates about setting the fire, and word of the deed filtered back to a school resource officer, Powers said.

The boys said they set the fire because they had nothing else better to do while skipping school, Powers said. Both teens were released to their parents Tuesday.

Robber hits Circle K for second time in a month

LAND O'LAKES _ A man who robbed a convenience store four weeks ago has hit the store again, taking nearly $2,000 in items and an undetermined amount of cash, according to the Pasco County Sheriff's Office.

Deputies gave the following report:

A man walked into the Circle K at U.S. 41 and Causeway Boulevard. He took two packs of gum to the counter. Then he went to the refrigerator, took a sandwich and asked the clerk where the condiments were kept. The clerk told him.

The man turned to the clerk. "This is a robbery. Let's load up," he said, handing the clerk some brown garbage bags.

The man then made the clerk put cigarettes, lottery tickets, lighters and money in the bags. The man unbuttoned his shirt and displayed a gun he had tucked in the waistband of his pants.

The robber then handed the clerk the phone and told him to call the police before he cut the line.

"The guy I work for has a grudge against Circle K and as long as they leave the clerks unprotected, I'll keep hitting you," he told the clerk before running from the store.

The robber is described as white, about 5 feet 8, 180 pounds, with brown wavy collar-length hair.