Police Department Arrest Four Juveniles For Arson
Mount Prospect Police Department Arrest Four Juveniles for Arson
On Friday, June 10, 2016, the Mount Prospect Police Department charged two 16 year-old male juveniles and two 14 year-old male juveniles of Mount Prospect with one felony count of Arson each in connection with the destruction of a portable toilet on the morning of June 10, 2016.
On June 10, 2016 at approximately 3:45 A.M. the Mount Prospect Police Department was notified by a concerned citizen of flames being observed in the middle of Meadows Park, 1401 W. Gregory Street. Officers responded to the park and observed a portable toilet engulfed in flames. The Mount Prospect Fire Department responded and extinguished the fire. While officers were in the area, two male teenagers were observed walking nearby. When an officer attempted to make contact with the teens, they ran from the officer. The officer provided officers in the area with a description of the teens; however after searching the area for the teenagers, they were unable to be located.
At approximately 9:30 A.M., the off-duty midnight shift sergeant who had been working when the portable toilet was set on fire was driving in the area of Busse Road and Bonita Avenue. The off duty sergeant observed two teens walking who matched the description of the teenagers who ran from the officer. The sergeant contacted the police station and officers were sent to make contact with the teens. When officers spoke with the two juvenile teenagers, they implicated themselves as being involved with setting the portable toilet on fire at Meadows Park earlier, causing approximately $1,500 worth of damage. The two juveniles were brought to the station, where they were charged with arson as juveniles.
Based on the investigation, it was learned that two other juveniles had also been involved in setting the fire. Those juveniles willingly came to the police station and were also charged with arson as juveniles. The investigation also allowed the police department to clear several other arsons of portable toilets that occurred within the past nine months.
The public is reminded that criminal charges are not evidence of guilt and that all defendants in a criminal case are presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty in a court of law.