Teens Charged with Setting Bank Fire
The Marblehead Police Department will formally charge two teens with starting a fire outside a local bank Sunday night.
At 7:24 p.m. Sunday, local fire and police units responded to the area outside of Eastern Bank on Washingon Street after receiving a report of a burning bush against the building.
Gary Orellana, 21, who works in the deli department of Crosby's Market, raced outside with a fire extinguisher and had put it out by the time firefighters arrived on scene.
According to a report issued by Lt. Sean Sweeney, a woman making an ATM transaction told police she noticed two teens milling around near the landing area "who looked very nervous to the point where she had her cell phone in her hand while she conducted her ATM transaction."
After reviewing the surveillance footage from Crosby's, police were reportedly able to identify the two teens as local residents.
When police called one of the boys to the station with his mother, he reportedly told police that he and his friend "started to pull pieces off of a dry bush that was next to the building and light them on fire" and that "at one point they ignited the bush itself" with a cigarette lighter.
Both boys will be charged with willful and malicious burning of wood and malicious destruction of property valued above $250.