ACT Policing’s Crime Response Team has arrested and charged a 15-year-old south Canberra boy on one count of arson and two of property damage.
In the first incident, police will allege the boy and four associates entered the rear loading dock area of Woolworths in Calwell around 9.50pm on September 16 and lit a fire in a rubbish bin, causing damage to the building. The supermarket had to be evacuated and as a result of the activation of automatic sprinklers and the fire-fighting efforts of staff, the fire was extinguished.
Later that same night, police will allege the youth ignited a spray can in a wheelie bin outside the IGA supermarket in Richardson. Two bins were badly damaged as a result.
In a third incident, police will allege the youth started a fire in a hedge at the McDonalds restaurant in Greenway on 30 September 2011, causing the destruction of the hedge but no damage to any nearby buildings. The fire was extinguished by the ACT Fire Brigade.
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The boy has been bailed to appear in the ACT Childrens Court at a later date.