Children light greeting cards on fire charged with arson at Rocky Mount Harris Teeter, police say

ROCKY MOUNT, N.C. (WNCN) – A child has been charged with arson and another with robbery, after the two greeting cards were set on fire inside a Rocky Mount Harris Teeter Friday night, announced the police.

Harris Teeter employees worked to put out a small fire inside the 3679 Sunset Avenue store in Rocky Mount around 4 p.m. Friday after a 14- and 15-year-old started lighting greeting cards, the city said. police.

The fire was out before the arrival of the Rocky Mount Fire Department, Nash County Police Department and EMS, but due to the smoke, the EMS still treated a worker for ” breathing difficulties,” officials said.

Officers said the 15-year-old remained at the Harris Teeter and was taken into custody, but the 14-year-old fled before police arrived. However, he was quickly located and detained.

Rocky Mount police charged the 15-year-old with robbery and charged the 14-year-old with first-degree arson and obstruction.

The Harris Teeter was evacuated and closed but has since reopened at 7.45pm.

The Rocky Mount Police Department Criminal Investigation Division and the Rocky Mount Fire Department are investigating this incident.

Mika R. Pyle