A Blythe Police Department (BPD) investigation into the late-night fires across the core of the city on March 23 led to the arrest of a 14-year-old juvenile, who was subsequently processed and transported to Riverside County’s Juvenile Hall in Indio, Calif., facing four alleged counts of arson.

“On Saturday night shortly after 11:00 p.m. the Blythe Police Department received numerous 911 calls regarding fires in the 100 block of North Main Street. Officers arrived and found a vacant business that had been closed for many years fully engulfed in flames. They also located a delivery truck for Dobb’s TV & Appliance on fire,” stated the incident’s BPD initial press release. “Blythe (City) Fire responded and extinguished the flames.”

A trash can fire at Todd Park was located by law enforcement about an hour later. A trash dumpster followed, discovered at an alley in the 100 block of E. Hobsonway.

No injuries were reported.

“Blythe Police Detectives were called to investigate the original fire scenes on Main Street, and developed leads which led them to arrest a 14 year old Blythe male shortly after the dumpster fire. The male was found near Broadway and Murphy when he was arrested,” noted BPD. “Both the Dobb’s truck and the abandoned business were a total loss.”

Persons with info regarding this case may contact BPD’s Det. M. Leon at (760) 922-6111. Or, to provide info anonymously, call Crime Stop at (760) 921-CARE (2273); or email blythepd@cityofblythe.ca.gov.

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