A 32-year-old man from North Glengarry was arrested Friday in connection with an investigation into a series of 18 suspicious fires during the past four months, Ontario Provincial Police announced.
The man was charged with arson and break and enter to commit an indictable offence, a media release said, adding he was being held in custody and was scheduled to appear at the Ontario Court of Justice in Cornwall at a later date.
The charge was laid in connection with a fire on Dominion Street in Alexandria, one of the 18 blazes that are the focus of the investigation.
Anyone with information about the incident in Alexandria or the other 17 was asked to contact the OPP’s Stormont, Dundas and Glengarry detachment at 1-888-310-1122 or the Seaway Valley Crime Stoppers, either toll-free at 1-800-222-8477 or online at www.seawayvalleycrimestoppers.ca.
On Wednesday, the OPP issued a request for public assistance in identifying the person or persons responsible for the series of 18 fires in and around Glengarry and Stormont, which they said began this summer. Most of the incidents involved vacant buildings, with one structure in South Glengarry hit twice within a span of two weeks, a release added.
A media relations officer said the OPP was not linking this investigation to another that led to the announcement of arson charges against a different 32-year-old man from North Glengarry on Dec. 7.
That man was arrested and charged in connection with two structure fires and another involving forestry machinery in North Stormont township between July and November. He was released from custody and was scheduled to appear in court in Cornwall on Dec. 29.
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