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Boy on scooter does $1 million in damage in Wal-Mart arson

BARSTOW, Calif.>> Police say a 12-year-old boy riding a push scooter set fire to the arts-and-crafts section of a Wal-Mart store in the Southern California desert, leading to losses of more than $1 million.

The store in Barstow remained closed for a third day today because of the damages.

Barstow police said in a statement that the boy, who was not with his parents, set the fire with a lighter on Wednesday afternoon. Wal-Mart employees tried to put it out with fire extinguishers but failed, and some had to be treated for smoke inhalation.

Firefighters arrived and extinguished it, but serious damage was done by both fire and water.

Police looked at surveillance video and saw the boy with a scooter and a backpack.

He was found on a street corner later in the day. He was arrested and taken to juvenile hall.

5 responses to “Boy on scooter does $1 million in damage in Wal-Mart arson”

  1. wn says:

    Make the misguided youth clean up the mess. Followed by filing for damages and having the Parents held responsible and have them carry out whatever discipline they deem appropriate.

  2. BuhByeAloha says:

    Build the wall already.

  3. paniolo says:

    I hope the parents get plenty $$$.

  4. Marauders_1959 says:

    Sue the parents and if illegals, deport them.

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