Teens charged in rash of barn fires
WOODSTOCK – Two Crystal Lake 17-year-olds have been charged with arson in five barn fires in rural McHenry County.
Joseph Gerdes, 868 Coventry Lane, and Andrew Wiegand, 1472 Bridgedale Road, both were charged as adults with arson and criminal damage to property, both felonies. The teens also were charged with criminal trespassing to property, a Class A misdemeanor.
The fires occurred over more than two months and caused more than $1 million in property damage, authorities said.
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