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Teens Charged with Furniture Store Arson

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The Roanoke Rapids Heilig Meyers store is no more after a weekend fire. (WRAL-TV5 News)
ROANOKE RAPIDS — Roanoke Rapids police have charged two teens with burning down a furniture store.

Three weeks ago, the Heilig Myers store went up in flames. Thursday, police charged two boys with setting a nearby fire that spread to the building. Investigators say 17-year-old Gary Harris and a 15-year old juvenile are responsible for the arson.

Harris is charged with one count of burning a store building, one count of burning personal property, one count of injury to real property and four counts of injury to personal property. The juvenile faces one count of burning a store building, one count of damage to personal property and one count of damage to real property.

Harris is free on $10,000 bond. He will appear in court next month. The juvenile was released to the custody of his parents.


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