Seek­ing the public’s help

RCMP asks area res­i­dents for tips about the latest fire in Mount Stewart

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - HOT ONLINE - BY TERESA WRIGHT twright@the­guardian.pe.ca Twit­ter.com/GuardianTeresa

The RCMP is look­ing for help from res­i­dents of Mount Stewart in re­la­tion to a sus­pected ar­son of the for­mer le­gion build­ing in the com­mu­nity.

Po­lice say they re­ceived a call about the fire at 3:30 a.m. Mon­day and the fire was ex­tin­guished quickly.

The build­ing is cur­rently va­cant and the quick work of fire and po­lice ser­vices re­sulted in lit­tle dam­age.

The pro­vin­cial fire mar­shal’s of­fice for­warded the file to the RCMP and the fire has been deemed to be sus­pi­cious, says RCMP Const. Do­minique Cloutier with Queens Dis­trict RCMP.

“It ap­peared to have been set, but it is still un­der in­ves­ti­ga­tion.”

This fire is the latest in a rash of break and en­ters and ar­sons in the area that has rat­tled the small ru­ral Is­land com­mu­nity.

Seven homes and busi­nesses have been bro­ken into in Mount Stewart since April and sev­eral houses in nearby Cherry Val­ley have been set ablaze.

Cloutier says po­lice do not yet know if these in­ci­dents are linked, but for now each in­ci­dent is be­ing in­ves­ti­gated sep­a­rately.

Res­i­dents voiced their fears and con­cerns about the in­ci­dents dur­ing a re­cent com­mu­nity meet­ing. They are now look­ing at es­tab­lish­ing a com­mu­nity watch pro­gram.

“I do un­der­stand the com­mu­nity be­ing wor­ried, def­i­nitely,” Cloutier said.

That’s why the RCMP is hop­ing lo­cal res­i­dents might be able to help with the po­lice in­ves­ti­ga­tion.

“This is a very tight-knit com­mu­nity, we know that peo­ple know ev­ery­one so if the public has any in­for­ma­tion, even just a ru­mour or any­thing, they can call Crime Stop­pers,” Cloutier said.

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