Arson

Boy on scooter sets fire to Walmart merchandise and causes $1 million in damage, police say

Boy on scooter sets fire to Walmart merchandise and causes $1 million in damage, police say

With the flick of a lighter, a 12-year-old boy riding a push scooter set fire to the crafts section of a Barstow Walmart this week, causing at least $1 million worth of damage, police said.

The boy rode off after setting fire to the merchandise around 2 p.m. Wednesday, police said. He was found later that day in a neighborhood nearby and arrested on suspicion of arson, said Barstow Police Lt. Chris Kirby.

The giant retail store at 621 Montara Road has remained closed due to water, fire and smoke damage throughout the building, he said.

“That’s a substantial loss for Walmart,” Kirby said, adding that the incident also required many...

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