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Juveniles charged in string of school, church arson's

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Posted at 11:07 AM, Feb 12, 2020
and last updated 2020-02-12 11:14:13-05

PASADENA, Md. (WMAR) — Three juveniles have been charged in connection to a string of arson's outside of schools and churches in Anne Arundel County.

One of the first incident's involved a dumpster that was set on fire overnight on January 30 at Pasadena Elementary School.

Crews quickly extinguished the fire, but obtained evidence and video suggesting the same suspects may have been responsible for other fires.

Following the video's release, investigators received an anonymous tip that together with physical evidence collected from the scene led them to the three juveniles.

Detectives tied them to six other fires in the area over a three month period.

• December 12 - Butterfly Box burned at the church playground
• January 4 - Small fire at set at the exterior of a church
• January 6- Burned playground equipment at the church playground
• January 30- Pile of Leaves on the church playground
• February 2- Fire set to the exterior of a church
• February 2 - Gasoline pours set on fire across the Pasadena Elementary basketball court

The fires caused several thousand dollars worth of damage but there were no injuries.

Anyone with information or who is aware of previously unreported fires in the area should call 410-222-TIPS