Community reacts to Brawley arsonists

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Community reacts to Brawley arsonists

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BRAWLEY, CA (13 On Your Side) - The four teenagers arrested for setting several businesses on fire in Brawley appeared in Juvenile Court today.

But because they are minors, the Imperial County District Attorney's Office could not provide specific details regarding today's hearing.      

They did, however, confirm to 13 On Your Side: charges have been filed against the three 14-year-olds and one 15-year-old - all of them boys - for setting fire to A Plus Furniture store this month, as well as a thrift store and several other local businesses in a string of fires.    

But Brawley residents believe these young men should face harsher consequences for their actions.             

"Due to the amount of the destruction, the intensity and the duration that has gone on...It's a hard decision," says business manager Virginia Smith, "but I think they should be tried as adults because of all the destruction."

Brawley resident Robert Palacio tells 13 On Your Side, "I would say as adults despite all the fires that they have done here in Brawley. They've done what, about four, five fires? So I would say as adults. They clearly don't understand."

The teenagers were arrested last Thursday and Brawley police are seeking to charge them with arson, conspiracy to commit arson, commercial burglary and conspiracy to commit commercial burglary.