Three teens reportedly tormented south Richland neighborhoods by destroying property and lighting a house on fire, causing more than $100,000 in damage.
The Richland teens, ages 13 and 14, were recently arrested on suspicion of arson and malicious mischief charges. They were booked into the Benton-Franklin Juvenile Justice Center.
Between Nov. 4 and 10, the teens allegedly destroyed planters, flags, flower pots, fountains and yard decorations, said Capt. Mike Cobb. At least six different streets in south Richland were targeted.
The property damage exceeds $6,000.
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Early in the morning Nov. 10, the teens lit a wreath hanging on the door of a house on the 400 block of Melissa Street on fire, Cobb said. The fire quickly spread to the house and caused an estimated $100,000 worth of damage.
A resident was home at the time of the fire and was able to escape without injuries.
As two of the teens were leaving the house, they allegedly light newspapers on fire and threw them on the cover of a truck, Cobb said. The cover caught fire and was partially melted.
Police say the teens planned most of the vandalism while they were at school together.