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OPP Asks Hunters Bay Radio Not To Call The Fire An Arson

Posted: 2019-08-16 16:16:44 By: hbr

Hunters Bay Radio is standing by the facts around an alleged arson in our transmitter building.

These are the facts as we know them to be:

Sometime on August 8th entry was gained to a secure building that housed our transmitter equipment and other equipment owned by several broadband and communications companies.

  • The metal door security cover was peeled away and the forced open using a crowbar or something similar.
  • A fire was started by using an accelerant that was poured on rack containing old telecommunications equipment.
  • The door was never closed and a call was made for one of the companies to close it the next day – it was thought a service technician had entered and forgotten to secure the door.
  • A representative from one the businesses attended at 11am saw the fire aftermath and called OPP.

Police investigated and are classifying this only as a Break & Enter.  According to OPP this is not an arson, even though its clear from the pictures that someone broke in and a fire was set.  The OPP asked Hunters Bay Radio not to call the fire an arson.

According to the Government of Canada, arson is defined as:

Arson — damage to property

434 Every person who intentionally or recklessly causes damage by fire or explosion to property that is not wholly owned by that person is guilty of an indictable offence and liable to imprisonment for a term not exceeding fourteen years.

  • S., 1985, c. C-46, s. 434
  • 1990, c. 15, s. 1

 

Hunters Bay Radio and Canadian Microwave are offering a $1000 reward for any information leading to the arrest of the person(s) involved.  Damaging  communications equipment is a Federal Offence.

Below is the report from the OPP:

FROM/DE:   Huntsville Detachment                    DATE: August 16, 2019

POLICE REQUEST PUBLIC ASSISTANCE TO IDENTIFY BREAK AND ENTER SUSPECT(S)

(HUNTSVILLE, ON) - The Huntsville Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) is seeking the assistance from the public to identify a suspect or suspects involved in a Break and Enter.

Between August 7th 2019 and August 9th 2091 unlawful entry was made to a cabin at the base of the telecommunication tower located north of highway #60 on Miller Hill Rd, Township of Lake of Bays.