Police: Thieves set businesses on fire to steal guns

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PAYETTE, Idaho - Officials in Payette County say three-would be thieves set two businesses on fire in order to distract police so they could break into a pawn shop.

Officials say at about midnight, Payette County dispatch received a report of a fire at 909 N. 16th at the Hunter’s Gate Shopping Center.

Responders found a federally owned pick-up truck with a 4-wheeler in the back. Both were fully engulfed when fire fighters arrived on scene.

Four minutes later, Payette County dispatch received another phone call for 600 6th Ave at Western Core Door. The warehouse there was also on fire.

Then, Fruitland County dispatch says they received a burglary alarm at 2206 N Whitley Drive, the World’s Largest Pawn Shop. When arriving on the scene, a deputy saw a pick-up leaving the scene. The truck was pulled over for a traffic stop.

Three people were in the vehicle: Donovan Bolen, 21; David Vonbargen, 48; and a female juvenile.

In the bed of the truck, police found a large number of fire arms stolen from the pawn shop in Fruitland. In the cab, police found a mixture of extremely flammable liquid. After interviewing the suspects, police say it was confirmed that the flammable liquid was used in the fires in Payette.

The suspects admitted to starting the fires in Payette in order to cause a distraction from the pawn shop in Fruitland.

Fruitland and Payette police departments are still investigating. Both Crews are still fighting the Western Core Door fire.

The two males were charged with burglary. Officials say the suspects will likely be charged with arson. The juvenile was released to parents, pending investigation.