(FORT HOPE, ON) – Officers with the Fort Hope detachment of the Nishnawbe Aski Police Service have arrested a 13-year-old youth in connection with very expensive damages done to a construction yard on October 4th. Police say that someone had broken into a construction yard on Airport Road then broke numerous windows and slashed many tires.
Earlier this year, officers believe the same person is responsible for breaking into the communities water treatment plant and damaged items there as well as stole some. The youth, who cannot be named under the Youth Criminal Justice Act, appeared in a Thunder Bay court room this morning via telephone call while in police custody at the Fort Hope NAPS detachment.
His Worship, Regional Senior Justice of the Peace Bernard Caron was presiding along with Crown Attorney Gordon Fillmore and a duty counsel representative. The youth is facing the following criminal charges:
- Break and enter then commit mischief x2
- Mischief causing damage over $5000.
- Breaching bail condition (not to contact one person).
- Breaching bail condition (curfew 10:00 pm to 7:00 am).
The Crown indicates that as this is a youth, the onus is always on the Crown to show the courts why any youth should be detained. The Crown recommends releasing the youth on a recognizance under the following conditions:
- Reside with their grandmother in the community.
- Do not contact three people.
- Curfew of 9:00 pm to 7:00 am.
- Present themselves at the door when requested by police.
- Stay 50 meters away from the location of the two break and enters.
The youth is ordered released from police custody and is scheduled to return to court on October 17th to begin answering to the charges.