In September 2017, the Napanee Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) commenced an investigation into a number of suspicious fires that had occurred within the Town of Greater Napanee. As the investigation expanded, it became apparent to the police that other fires that had been set in the Prince Edward County area were likely linked to these occurrences.
On January 2, 2018, officers from the Napanee OPP and the Napanee Fire Department responded to a report of a fire at a business located on Palace Rd. in Greater Napanee. This fire was also deemed suspicious in nature and detectives from the Napanee OPP Crime Unit, along with investigators from the Office of the Fire Marshal (OFM) were called to the scene.
A thorough and detailed investigation into the nature of these fires continued under the direction of Detective Inspector Dave Robinson of the OPP Criminal Investigation Branch (CIB) and culminated in the arrest of two persons earlier today.
Robert Pickstock, who is 33 and 40-year old Joseph Pickstock, who are both from the Greater Napanee area, are currently facing charges which include Arson, Break and Enter and Mischief Under $5000. Robert Pickstock also faces four additional charges of Public Mischief.
Both accused males have been held for a Bail Hearing and will appear at the Ontario Court of Justice in Napanee.
The investigation remains ongoing and anyone with information is asked to call Napanee OPP at 1-888-310-1122 or should you wish to remain anonymous, you may call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477(TIPS), where you may be eligible to receive a cash reward of up to $2,000.