VILLAGE OF PEWAUKEE - The police department is seeking arson charges against two Pewaukee area teens who allegedly started a fire at Kiwanis Village Park on Tuesday, April 18.
The girls, ages 14 and 15, were taken into custody later that day, according to Police Chief Jay Iding. They are suspected of starting a fire in the women's restroom at the park that led the Pewaukee Park and Recreation Department to close the building for cleaning and renovation. Iding said both girls confessed to the crime in an interview with police. Both have been released to their parents.
"These were two girls that had left school during school hours," Iding said. "We were notified by the school. We had a pretty good idea who we were looking for."
The two girls didn't stop with the park fire, Iding said.
After setting the fire, Iding said, the girls vandalized the Walmart store at 411 Pewaukee Road and stole a phone charger. The two girls then hid in the bathrooms at the Pick 'N Save at 1405 Capitol Drive, where police eventually took them into custody.
In a Facebook post in the Pewaukee Parents group, Pewaukee Park and Recreation supervisor Monica Kaskey posted news of the capture, as well as thanks to the community.
"Thank you all for the tips and support - we have some wonderful supporters in this community! We will start the restoration process soon - thank you to all who have offered to help. We will keep you posted if we need any assistance!" Kaskey wrote.