2 Kansas juveniles arrested for arson fire

Junction City Post – May 21, 2015

Law enforcement authorities in Great Bend have made an arrest in connection with a fire on Monday.

Police reported the Great Bend Fire Department was dispatched just before 10 p.m. on Monday to fire in a wheat field in the 1000 block of the 281 Bypass.

As police officers arrived on scene, two juveniles were seen running from the immediate area of the fire.

One of the juveniles was soon apprehended and detained by Sergeant Jay Bachar of the Police Department.

During the course of the investigation it was discovered that the juveniles were involved in the intentional setting of the fire.

The suspect was placed under arrest for arson and obstruction of justice.

A second juvenile was later located by officers and arrested.

Due to their ages, the Police Department will not release their names.

The Great Bend Police Department is urging parents to make sure their children understand the gravity of what many kids consider pranks.

Chief Cliff Couch said, “All the recent acts of vandalism in Great Bend have caused a great deal of anxiety, inconvenience, and financial loss for the citizens who were victimized by them.”

“This deliberately set fire could have caused all those things and more. In the worst-case scenario, it could have cost someone their livelihood and even their life. These acts are all unacceptable and the Police Department is devoting considerable resources toward ensuring that the perpetrators are held responsible.”

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