4 More Boys Arrested and Charged in Jewish School Bus Blaze

Four more boys have been arrested and charged in connection with the burning of a Jewish school bus in Brooklyn. 

The boys — an 11-year-old, 12-year-old and two 14-year-olds — were arrested Thursday, less than a week after they allegedly set the bus on fire. 

All four boys have been charged as juveniles with arson and criminal mischief.

Detectives initially learned that at least one of the suspects was aware that the bus was associated with a Jewish organization. Hate crime charges were filed, but dropped Friday after further investigation, police said. 

A fifth boy, who is 11-years-old, was arrested earlier this week in connection with the Sunday evening fire. He received the same charges and was also charged as a juvenile. 

Chief of Detectives Robert Boyce said Tuesday after the 11-year-old boy's arrest that police were looking for more young suspects in the burning of the bus.

Boyce said the group brought flat cardboard boxes on board the unlocked bus then set them on fire.

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