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Teens arrested in Wellsburg burglary and fire


The Grundy County Sheriff's Office says that two teens who ran away from the Iowa State Training School in Eldora have been arrested and charged in connection with a burglary and fire in Wellsburg.

Deputies arrested the two 16-year-old boys at 8:00 a.m. on Monday at the intersection of Highway 20 and Highway 14.

Sheriff Rick Penning says the boys ran away from the facility before burglarizing the Casey's Store at 12:30 a.m. Monday.

Penning says that after the alleged burglary, the boys went into a trailer at Panama Transfer and started a fire to keep warm.  He says the boys admitted to starting the fire, but thought that it was out before they left.

The trailer fire was reported at 3:30 a.m. Monday and was put out by the Wellsburg Fire Department.  A damage estimate is not available.

The case remains under investigation.

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