TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTWO/WAWV) — Two juvenile males have been arrested by Indiana State Police and are being charged with arson and burglary in connection with a September housefire in Terre Haute, Ind.
One 14-year-old male and one 13-year-old male, both from Terre Haute, now face charges of arson, burglary, criminal mischief damage of at least $50,000 and criminal trespass. The two were arrested after an investigation uncovered they were the ones to allegedly start the fire and arrest warrants were issued by the Vigo County Juvenile Court.
The arrests come after Indiana State Police investigators discovered that the residence that caught on fire was abandoned and had no electricity. Witnesses to the fire said they saw two juveniles running from the residence before seeing smoke.
Master Trooper Detectives Jason Schofstall and Angie Hahn from the Putnamville State Police Post took over the investigation after initial interviews. During the course of the investigation, it was discovered that two juveniles had allegedly broken into the residence located at 1140 N. Pointer Street, damaged property within the residence and set a fire inside.
Both juveniles were taken into custody without incident and transported to the Vigo County Juvenile Detention Center.