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UPDATE: Nanaimo RCMP arrest teen in flare and fire investigation

Police searching for second suspect following Saturday’s alleged flare-shooting incident at Circle K
Police in Nanaimo have arrested one of two teens suspected to have been involved in an incident in which one of them is alleged to have shot a flare that ignited a blaze in a convenience store on the weekend. (Photo submitted)

Nanaimo RCMP have arrested one of the two youths believed to be involved in a fire that heavily damaged a gas station convenience store on the weekend.

According to police, the suspect was arrested without incident at about 4:30 p.m. Sunday in a home in south Nanaimo.

The fire in the Circle K convenience store ignited after two teens allegedly shoplifted from the store, with one of them shooting a flare in the direction of the store clerk, setting merchandise on fire.

The 16-year-old suspect is currently in custody and expected to make an appearance in Nanaimo provincial court today, May 4. Investigators are currently searching for the second youth connected with the incident.

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