Boy (12) sets fire to Walmart merchandise and causes $1m damage
A young boy on a scooter caused $1million (€900,000) worth of damage when he set fire to the arts and crafts section of a Walmart store.
Police in Barstow, California say the child (12) rode off on his scooter after setting fire to the merchandise on Wednesday afternoon. The LA Times is reporting that he was found later that day and arrested on suspicion of arson.
The giant retail store has remained closed due to water, fire and smoke damage throughout the building, he said.
“That’s a substantial loss for Walmart,” Barstow Police Lt. Chris Kirby said, adding that the incident also required many firefighting resources.
The boy was not with his parents at the time, according to police.
Surveillance video showed the boy — who was wearing a backpack and green T-shirt with distinct markings — igniting the crafts and then riding out of the store on his scooter, Kirby said.
Firefighters arrived and extinguished it, but serious damage was done by both fire and water.