Charges laid in Morinville town house vandalism

Charges have been laid in relation to vandalism at this Morinville town house project Aug. 21.

By Morinville News Staff

Morinville – Charges have been laid against a Morinville man in relation to approximately $20,000 in vandalism to a town house construction site on 101 Avenue. Twenty-one-year-old Iain James Marsh of Morinville was charged Tuesday with one count of resisting arrest, one count of mischief over $5,000, and one charge of break and enter.

Marsh, who has been in hospital since his arrest due to injuries police believe were sustained during the act of vandalism, is set to appear in Morinville Provincial Court Nov. 15 to answer to the charges against him.

Police were originally called to the town house project in the early morning hours of Aug. 21. Marsh was seen leaving the scene and pursued by police on foot to a resident’s backyard where he was subsequently arrested.

Approximately five of town house project’s units were damaged, predominantly patio doors and windows. Police believe construction equipment was thrown through the windows and doors.

It is believed others were involved in the incident as the initial report of the vandalism indicated a group.

The investigation is ongoing. “It’s moving slowly,” said Morinville RCMP Constable Yelena Avoine. “We know there’s other people. It’s just a matter of finding the evidence to link them to that.”

Police are not linking this act of vandalism with others that have plagued the community this summer.

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