(GREENSTONE, ON) – On September 18, 2019 at 3:42am, members of the Greenstone Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) along with Greenstone Fire Department received a report of a fire at a commercial property on Queen Street in the Town of Longlac, ON.
Police and Fire Department arrived on scene to find several vehicles located in the parking lot of the property, fully engulfed in flames. The fire was quickly brought under control and there were no injuries or damage to nearby structures reported.
The fire has been deemed suspicious and fire investigators were called to the scene to investigate. The Greenstone OPP along with the assistance of the Greenstone Fire Department and the Office of the Ontario Fire Marshall (OFM) continue to investigate this occurrence.
Hardworking Greenstone OPP officers cracked the case and have one man in custody regarding this incident. 25-year-old John Rueben of Longlac, Ontario has been arrested and charged with numerous offences spread across a few dates. He appeared in a Thunder Bay courtroom this morning via video link from the Greenstone OPP detachment. His Worship, Regional Senior Justice of the Peace Bernard Caron was presiding along with Crown Attorney Derrick “The Hammer” Silvestro and a duty counsel representative.
Rueben is facing a charge of arson, following the September 18th incident where numerous vehicles were torched. He is also facing a charge of credit card fraud and possession of a stolen credit card stemming from a September 21st incident. Court hears he is also facing a theft charge from September 25th and a mischief causing damage under $5000 charge after a door was damaged on September 22nd.
Rueben is denied bail today and will remain in jail until at least his Monday appearance at the Thunder Bay Courthouse. He is being shipped off to the overcrowded and understaffed Thunder Bay District Jail (A.K.A. “The Algoma Bed & Breakfast”), where he will likely remain until he is eventually set free.