Four cars set on fire in Boise, three teens arrested

Credit: Ada County Jail

Dominic Tawney and Rodney Scott Vancleave

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by KTVB.COM

KTVB.COM

Posted on August 5, 2013 at 8:10 AM

Updated Tuesday, Aug 6 at 10:30 AM

BOISE -- Three teenagers have been arrested after several car fires sparked in Boise early Monday morning at four different locations. Boise Police say the suspects were caught during a traffic stop.

The first car fire was reported at 4:30 a.m. near Northview and Liberty. As officers responded, several other calls came in, one right after the other.

Victims reported a SUV on fire on Harrison Boulevard, two vehicles damaged and one on fire on the 1100 block of North 9th Street, and one car on fire on the 1200 block of Hale Street.

As officers talked with the victims, they were able to get a description of a suspect vehicle and begin an intensive search.  A patrol officer observed a vehicle matching the suspect vehicle near Roosevelt and Rose Hill. Police say physical evidence in the vehicle indicates the suspects were involved in the car fires.

"This type of citizen cooperation is part of what makes Boise a special place to live" said Boise Police watch commander Lt. Stan Niccolls. "Our citizens watch out for each other and when they see something out of place, they don't hesitate to call police, that in turn makes our job more effective and often results in quick arrest and prosecution. Thank you to the folks who choose to make a difference!"

Investigators say all the fires are related. All the fires are now out.

Officers also found evidence in the suspects' vehicle that they may be involved graffiti cases in the Boise area.

Dominic Tawney and Rodney Scott Vancleave, both 19 and from Boise, were arrested and booked into the Ada County Jail. Each is charged with four counts of arson and two counts of attempted arson.

The third suspect, a juvenile male, will face similar charges through the juvenile justice system.

Police estimates the suspects caused at least $30,000 to $40,000 in damages.

They will be arraigned on the felony charges in court Tuesday.

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