Potential Oakville Fire Bug investigated by Halton Police

Police are asking members of the public to be vigilant

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On November 6th 2015 Halton Police investigators arrested an Oakville resident in relation to several suspicious fires that occurred in the Town of Oakville over the past several weeks.

These fires occurred at Lions Valley park, a playground at the Glen Abbey recreational centre and a barn fire at St Volodymyr’s Church on Dundas Street West in Oakville.

Investigators credit the efforts of uniform officers conducting proactive patrols in identifying the suspect in this matter.

Subsequent investigation resulted in the arrest of 28 year Alexandre LEMELIN of Oakville. LEMELIN has been charged with 3 counts of Arson and has been held for a bail hearing.

Police continue to investigate these incidents and are appealing to anyone with information pertaining to any suspicious fires to contact the Oakville Criminal Investigations Bureau at 905-825 4747 ext. 2285, Crime Stoppers at 1-800 222 8477 (TIPS), through the web at www.haltoncrimestoppers.com or by texting “Tip201” with your message to 274637 (CRIMES)

Original Post: October 29, 2015 at 4:10 PM

The Halton Regional Police Service in conjunction with the Oakville Fire Department and Ontario Fire Marshal is currently investigating a series of suspicious fires that have occurred in the Town of Oakville.

During the month of October police and fire officials have responded to an increased number of suspicious fires mainly in the area of North West Oakville. These fires have occurred at construction sites, a playground, and most recently at a barn located close to St Volodymyr’s Church on Dundas Street West. The Ontario Fire Marshal also attended this fire which is still being investigated to determine a cause.

These incidents have been occurring during the late evening hours and to date have involved various degrees of property damage with no known injuries. Investigators have established similarities in some of the incidents and are continuing to investigate all known incidents collectively with fire officials.

Police are asking members of the public to be vigilant with regards to suspicious individuals loitering in the areas of parks or abandoned buildings and to report any suspicious activity to police as soon as possible. Also, police are requesting owners of barns and other unoccupied buildings to ensure their premises are secure at night.

Anyone who may have any information pertaining to these incidents is asked to call the Oakville Criminal Investigations Bureau at 905-825 4747 ext. 2285 or 2216, Crime Stoppers at 1 800 222 8477 (TIPS) or through the web at www.haltoncrimestoppers.com or by texting *Tip201* with your message to 274637 (crimes)

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