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Fire - St. Catharines Woman Arrested for Arson

Posted on Wednesday July 10, 2019

Since March  of 2019, uniform officers and detectives from the 1 District (St. Catharines) office of the Niagara Regional Police Service have been investigating a series of car fires in the St. Catharines downtown core.

On July 10, 2019, at approximately 4:00AM two uniformed officers on patrol in the area of Lake Street and Beech Street observed something burning under a parked car and a person walking away from the car.  The officers were conducting directed patrols in the area of St. Catharines that has been victimized by car fires in recent months.

As a result of the on scene investigation the officers arrested 55 year old Janet Margaret MacLean of St. Catharines.
MacLean was transported to the NRPS Prisoner Management Unit in Niagara Falls. 
Further investigation by detectives following MacLean's arrest has led to her being charged with the following alleged offences:
- Attempt to Commit (Arson) - Sec 463(b) C.C. (5 Counts)
- Arson - Damage to Property - Sec 434 C.C. (2 Counts)

These charges relate to 7 different car fire incidents within the City of St. Catharines between the dates of May 27 July 10, 2019.

MacLean will be attending a bail hearing on July 11, 2019, at the Robert S. K. Welch Courthouse in St. Catharines.

The investigation remains ongoing.  Anyone with any information is asked contact them at 905-688-4111 extension 9073.

The NRPS would like to thank the community of St. Catharines for their cooperation and continued patience in this matter.


Incident Number: 2019-65103
Submitted By: Philip Gavin
Approved By: Philip Gavin

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