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Juvenile Arrested For Arson at YMCA

The Dover Police Department has arrested a 15-year-old, of Dover, for the arson that occurred at the YMCA, 1137 South State Street Dover, DE , on February 16, 2023. During the investigation, Detectives were able to identify the 15-year-old and obtain warrants for his arrest. On Saturday, February 18th, 2023, the 15-year-old turned himself in to Dover Police. 

He was committed to Stevenson House Juvenile Detention Center on $56,000 secured bond on the following charges:
-Arson First Degree
-Reckless Endangering First Degree (Multiple counts)
-Criminal Mischief

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Date/Time: Thursday, February 16, 2023 at 4:48 p.m.

Location: YMCA, 1137 S. State Street Dover, DE

Contact:   Dover Police Department Public Information Officer
Master Corporal Ryan Schmid   Email: Ryan.Schmid@cj.state.de.us

Narrative: The Dover Police Department is investigating an arson that occurred at the YMCA Thursday evening. The investigation began at 4:48 p.m. when Dover Police was notified of a fire at the YMCA. Officers responded and spoke to Dover Fire Department personnel who advised that someone intentionally set a fire in the bathroom which caused damage to the building. City of Dover Fire Marshal’s Office and Dover Police’s Criminal Investigations Unit are investigating.

No suspect description is being released at this time as Detectives are still reviewing surveillance.

This investigation is ongoing and anyone with information is asked to contact the Dover Police Department at (302) 736-7130. Callers may remain anonymous. Tips may also be submitted to law enforcement through Delaware Crime Stoppers t 800-TIP-3333 or online at delaware.crimestopperweb.com; a cash reward is possible for information leading to an arrest.

If you or someone you know is a victim or witness of crime or have lost a loved one to a sudden death and are in need of assistance, the Dover Police Victim Services Unit is available to provide help and guidance.  You can contact the Victim Services Unit at 302-736-7134 or by email at: Diane.Glenn@cj.state.de.us

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