On May 12, 2022 as a result of an ongoing investigation, members of Kawartha Lakes Police Service, Criminal Investigation Branch arrested a male in relation to arsons reported in November 2021.
The original media release reported the following information. On November 16, 2021 at 4:40am Kawartha Lakes OPP and Kawartha Lakes Fire Services responded to a residence on Hutton Street in Lindsay for a fire on the porch of a residence. At that time, it was deemed non-suspicious in nature.
On November 17, 2021 at 3:50am Kawartha Lakes Police Service responded to a second Hutton Street address after, residents were awoken by a loud banging noise. A male was observed at the rear of the residence who had smashed out a basement window and set a fire which was extinguished by the home owner. The male fled the area, towards Dobson Street and was last seen on a bicycle heading toward the Kawartha Trans Canada Trail.
39-year-old Justin Simpson of Lindsay has been charged with arson – disregard for human life X2 and mischief over $5000 X2.
The accused was held for bail and will appear at the Ontario Court of Justice located at 440 Kent Street West in Lindsay on May 13, 2022.