Teens burn down station to join friend in jail
The boys, 13 and 14, wanted to join their friend, who was in a youth jail for arson
By James Turner
WINNIPEG, Canada — Two youths in a remote Manitoba community accused of intentionally torching an RCMP station did so as part of a bizarre plan to get arrested and flown to a Winnipeg youth jail to visit a pal who is also currently facing arson charges, prosecutors alleged this week.
The boys, 13 and 14, were collared after what's known locally as the "justice building," leased by the RCMP from the Island Lake Tribal Council, caught fire and was destroyed just after 4 a.m. Sunday, July 21.
When police caught up to the 13-year-old, he told them it was a joint arson attempt made to get out of the community and into the confines of MYC, St. Croix alleged. An RCMP spokeswoman couldn't provide a full damage estimate on Friday, but previously said damage to "RCMP assets" totalled about $20,000.
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