Police arrest Mooroolbark fire bug

Lilydale police have arrested a teenager following an alleged burglary in Mooroolbark as well as two fires allegedly lit in Mooroolbark and Chirnside Park overnight.

Police were called to Kimberley Drive Reserve in Chirnside Park after reports of a fire at a reserve about 9.50pm.

Upon police arrival then found an aerosol can had been ignited inside a scorer’s box beside the oval.

There was no damage and no one was injured.

A short time later, reports of bin fire and a burglary at a school on Manchester Road were called through to 000.

Police located a 14-year-old Croydon South boy and subsequently arrested him.

Three other people were seen running through the school grounds towards Manchester Road.

The boy has been charged with two counts of criminal damage by fire, trespass, theft and graffiti offences.

He will appear at a Children’s Court at a later date.

The investigation remains ongoing into identifying the other three offenders and anyone with information is urged to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or submit a confidential crime report at www.crimestoppersvic.com.au

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