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Boy walks into store with lighter and scooter, causes nearly €1 million in damage

The 12-year-old set fire to the arts and crafts department of a Walmart in Barstow, California, on Wednesday afternoon.

Walmart File Photo Source: Tony Gutierrez

CALIFORNIAN POLICE SAY a 12-year-old boy riding a push scooter set fire to the arts-and-crafts section of a Walmart store in the Southern California desert, leading to losses of more than $1 million (€891,000).

The store in Barstow remains closed for a fourth day as a result of the damage caused.

Barstow police said in a statement that the boy, who was not with his parents, set the fire with a lighter on Wednesday afternoon. Wal-Mart employees tried to put it out with fire extinguishers but failed, and some had to be treated for smoke inhalation.

Firefighters arrived and extinguished it, but serious damage was done by both fire and water.

Police looked at surveillance video and saw the boy with a scooter and a backpack.

He was found on a street corner later in the day. He was arrested and taken into custody.

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