New York State Police have announced the arrest of a teenage girl on Thursday, July 14 in connection to a series of car fires and vandalism in the Schoharie County town of Summit. State Police, flanked by members of the Schoharie County Sheriff's Office, the Summit Fire Department, and other cooperating entities in the multiagency investigation, made the announcement at Troop G Headquarters in Latham on Friday afternoon.
The girl, who was not identified by State Police, was charged with a laundry list of felonies and misdemeanors, including reckless endangerment, criminal mischief, and arson. She is only 14 years old and is being held at a juvenile detention center.
Between June 26 and July 11, state and local police received five separate reports of arson and vandalism to cars on Baldwin Road. In one of the incidents, three cars were set on fire near an occupied house, which was also damaged by the fire.
All incidents took place on Baldwin Road in the town of Summit.
Schoharie County Sheriff Tony Desmond praised the joint cooperation by the different agencies involved in the investigation.
"This was a great piece of police work," said Desmond. He added, "Hopefully the people on Baldwin Road can enjoy their summer with no further problems."
Summit Fire Chief Don Clarke hailed the efforts of the multiagency investigation in a brief statement, commenting, "We really appreciate the hard, rigorous work that these gentlemen did."