2 arrested for arson in Melrose gas station fire

MELROSE, Fla. -- An 18-year-old and a 14-year-old are facing arson charges in a gas station fire that caused nearly $500,000 in damage earlier this month.

Frederick James Martin, 18, and a 14-year-old male are charged with burglary, grand theft and arson, according to Clay County Sheriff's Office arrest reports. First Coast News has chosen not to name the 14-year-old.

Martin and the 14-year-old took $1,800 of merchandise before setting Nick's Quick Stop on fire on April 14, the report detailed.

On that day, the Putnam County Sheriff's Office served a warrant for unrelated burglary charges on the residence of Martin and the 14-year-old and found $1,000 of cigarettes, tobacco products, a computer and other merchandise, according to the arrest report.

According to CCSO spokesperson Mary Justino, Martin is already in custody in Putnam County on dozens of burglary charges and the 14-year-old is being held in the Alachua County Juvenile Detention Center on the Clay County charges.

Martin's criminal history includes an arrest for grand theft auto in 2011. The 14-year-old's prior charges include burglary of a conveyance and grand theft of a farm animal. Justino said the charges are public record because they are felonies.


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