Arson suspects make up ruse to collect $10K reward, get arrested

Arson suspects make up ruse to collect $10K reward, get arrested
Photo by Camas Police.

CAMAS, Wash. -- Police offered a $10,000 reward for information leading to the arrests of suspects in a string of port-a-potty arsons.

Two teenagers were arrested on arson charges -- and other charges -- after they tried to cash in on the reward by blaming a juvenile not connected to the case.

Ryan Ruge, 19, and Chasen Sincavage, 18, both of Camas, reportedly conspired to concoct a story involving the innocent teen and then relayed the story to investigators, according to a news release from the Camas Police Department.

"These actions led to an additional charge of making false statements to a public servant," the news release said.

Ruge also was booked in the Clark County Jail on suspicion of two counts of second-degree arson; Sincavage was jailed on suspicion of three counts of second-degree arson.

A third suspect is still at large, police said.

Since March 5, police and fire officials were investigating reports of suspicious fires of port-a-potties in city parks. In total, five port-a-potties were torched.