Police: Teenagers torched car in Midlothian neighborhood

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CHESTERFIELD COUNTY, Va. -- Three teenagers, ages 13, 14 and 15, were arrested and charged in connection to a series of car break-ins, vandalism and a car fire reported Sunday on Speeks Drive in Midlothian's Williams Gwyn Estates neighborhood. Police were first called to the neighborhood at about 5:40 a.m. Sunday after firefighters determined someone set the 1996 Honda Civic on fire.

Speeks Drive vehicle arson

"Further investigation revealed that unknown suspects had attempted to burn a second vehicle, which sustained minimal damage," a Chesterfield Police spokesman said. "Items were taken from two other vehicles, which were also vandalized, and items were taken from a garage, which was also vandalized."

The arrests came two days later when detectives charged the 14 and 15-year-old suspects with felony arson; misdemeanor arson; burglary with intent to commit larceny; three counts of petit larceny; and three counts of vandalism. The 13-year-old suspect was charged with three counts of petit larceny and three counts of vandalism. All three teenagers were released to the custody of their parents.

"We have been here five or six years and have never had any problems, but now all of a sudden, teenagers around here are going into our yards and acting a fool," neighbor Timothy Garner said. Garner's car was the one that was set on fir.

Police asked anyone with additional information to call Chesterfield Police at 804-748-1251 or Crime Solvers at 804-748-0660.

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