Five teens arrested for December arson
SOUTH LAKE TAHOE, Calif. – South Lake Tahoe police arrested five teenagers, ages 14 to 15, last week in connection with an alleged arson of a shed on Shady Lane.
The fire started during the first week in December and caused significant damage to the inside of the shed, but did not consume the entire structure, according to a police statement.
School Resource Office Andy Eissinger arrested four of the teenagers at South Tahoe High School Wednesday. The fifth was arrested at the high school Friday.
The students “had established a regular custom of sneaking away from campus to smoke marijuana in the shed of vacation home on Gardner Mountain,” according to the statement.
The meetings allegedly took place for nearly three months. Police learned of the activity after receiving a report from one of the teenager’s mother, according to the statement.
Why the students started the fire isn’t entirely clear, but police believe it was a combination of trying to stay warm and “reckless behavior.”
Each of the teens was arrested on suspicion of arson and have confessed to involvement in the fire, according to the statement.
One of the teens was also arrested on suspicion of burglary for allegedly taking power tools and a pair of skis from the shed.
All were booked into El Dorado County’s Juvenile Treatment Center in South Lake Tahoe.
“The investigation is ongoing and more arrests are possible in the near future,” according to the statement.