FD: 2 teens charged in Shakespeare Theatre fire believed to be connected to West Haven arson cases

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Two teens were arrested on arson charges Monday for the fire that burned the American Shakespeare Theatre in Stratford to the ground in January. 

Police said that after a lengthy investigation, officers arrested two juveniles in connection with recent arson and burglary incidents in town, including the arson at the Shakespeare Theatre.

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Stratford Mayor Laura Hoydick said the teens were both 17-years-old at the time and students at Bunnell High School. Since both were juveniles when the fire started, their names and pictures are not being released. One of the teens is now 18, but it’s unclear if that individual will be prosecuted as a juvenile or adult.

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Both are being charged with arson, burglary, criminal trespass, reckless endangerment, conspiracy to commit arson and criminal mischief. 

West Haven Fire Marshal Keith Flood said the department believes that the two teens are connected to two arsons in the city in February. He said charges are pending. On February 9th, investigators said a fire was set to an abandoned home on Richard’s Place. One week later, a second arson burned down the old Bilco Factory building on Water Street. 

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The Connecticut Post is also reporting (https://bit.ly/2KjZi12) the two teens could be linked to a series of trailer fires at Silver Sands State Park in Milford at the end of March and an arson at a training school in Southbury.

Officials said it is very likely more arrests will be coming as they continue to investigate. They did not release specific details about how the teens were tracked down.

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