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HCSO: Teens Set Fire to School Van

Washington County, Fla. - Three juveniles are facing multiple charges following a string of burglaries and vandalism that ended Wednesday with the theft and arson of a Holmes School District van, Holmes County Sheriff's deputies wrote in a news release.

Ethan Riley Lewis, 17, Dillon Travis Leavins, 16, and Cameron Lassiter, 17, are charged in connection to the most recent series of incidents, which began Sunday, May 13, after deputies responded to the report of criminal mischief at Union Hill Baptist Church, where two doors had been damaged in an apparently failed burglary attempt.

The following day, deputies responded to Bethlehem School, where a school van had been burglarized, taken, and returned over the weekend, according to surveillance footage. School officials also noted the vehicle had logged 90 miles more than what had been recorded at end of the day on Friday.

On Wednesday, the Sheriff’s Office again responded to the theft of the van, this time gaining an admission from two of the boys that they had taken the van from school property and drove down several dirt roads until stopping at a home. The three juveniles entered the residence and took an unknown amount of paint, which they poured into the van before setting it on fire, deputies wrote.

The teens are charged with arson, grand theft, multiple counts of burglary, and criminal mischief.


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