Thomas Tracy – NY Daily News
Police have released surveillance images of five boys wanted for helping an 11-year-old set fire to a school bus used by a Brooklyn Yeshiva, officials said Tuesday.
The pre-teen fire bugs — who range between 10 and 15-years-old — loaded up the open school bus on Brooklyn Ave. near Lefferts Ave. in Crown Heights with cardboard and set the boxes on fire about 6 p.m. Sunday, police said.
Flames quickly engulfed the vehicle’s cabin and engine and thick black smoke filled the yellow bus.
After the fire was put out, scorched prayer books, a cell phone and a camera laid amongst the broken glass, seat cushion stuffing and other charred detritus.
While the bus did not have any markings to indicate that it was used to transport Orthodox students, it was parked in front of Beth Rivkah, an Orthodox girls school.
An 11-year-old boy was quickly caught and charged with criminal mischief as a hate crime and arson as a hate crime.
Cops are asking the public’s help identifying and finding the other four kids.
Anyone with information is asked to call NYPD Crime Stoppers at (800) 577-TIPS. All calls will be kept confidential.