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Juveniles charged with theft from Alpha Athletic building and arson

ALPHA, NJ - Phillipsburg police say they've charged three juveniles with setting a dumpster fire in Alpha Borough, and two of the juveniles have also been charged with incidents at the Alpha Athletic building.

Police said Wednesday that an investigation into a dumpster fire which occurred on Third Avenue in the Borough at 3:30 a.m. on May 18th led to the three arrests. Authorities said that the suspects used gasoline to ignite the contents of the dumpster in that incident.

Upon further investigation, police said they learned that two of the juveniles had been involved in two separate incidents at the athletic building in April. Police said in those incidents, the youths spray painted the walls and dumped paint on the floor, causing $4000 worth of damage.

The three were charged with one count each of third degree arson. Two of the juveniles were also charged with one count each of third degree burglary and third degree criminal mischief for their role in the athletic building vandalism.

Police said the juveniles were released to the custody of their parents and guardians.

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