Arson among charges for individual in recent property crimes

Meteghan RCMP Detachment, with the assistance of the Digby RCMP Detachment, has charged a man with four counts of Arson in relation to incidents that occurred in St. Joseph.

Between January 19 and 28, Meteghan RCMP Detachment responded to four reports of attempted arson at a property on Patrice Rd. RCMP officers learned that a camp was broken into and attempts to start a fire were made.

On January 28, at approximately 9:40 p.m., Meteghan RCMP Detachment, assisted by the Digby RCMP Detachment, responded to a disturbance on Patrice Rd. RCMP officers learned that a man had attempted to burn a structure but was caught in the act by witnesses. The man, who initially attempted to flee in a Ford Ranger but crashed the vehicle, fled the scene on foot. A detailed description of the suspect was provided to investigators.

On the morning of January 29, Meteghan RCMP Detachment received a report of a suspicious man in the area of Second Division Rd. RCMP officers learned that a man, who’s description matched that of the suspect’s from the evening prior, was asking for a ride.

Shortly after, RCMP officers patrolling the area located the man and safely arrested him.

Craig Mitchell Burns, 30, from Weymouth has been charged with:

  • Arson, Damage to Property (4 Counts);
  • Mischief (2 counts);
  • Failure to Comply with a Release Order (2 Counts);
  • Dangerous Operation of a Conveyance;
  • Possession of Substance;
  • Operating an Unregistered Vehicle;
  • Failing to Display Number Plates for the Current Registration Year;
  • Driving Motor Vehicle without motor vehicle liability policy;
  • Operating Motor Vehicle without valid driver’s license.

Burns has been remanded into custody and will return in Digby Provincial Court on February 20, 2024, at 9:30 a.m.


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