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Teen pleads to theft, arson

A teenage boy has pleaded guilty to arson for burning a boat and other mischief, including an incident that forced the evacuation of a city hotel.

The 17-year-old pleaded guilty to those, and other offences in Brandon provincial court on Tuesday.

He admitted to helping set fire to a tarp on a boat in the 500-block of Seventh Street on the evening of Sept. 8. The fire spread to the $3,000 boat, which was destroyed.

Hours later, he took part in vandalism at the Canad Inns hotel by spraying a fire extinguisher into the 11th-floor stairwell. As a result, the fire alarm was triggered and guests had to evacuate.

Police caught the boy near the hotel and learned that he’d moved to Brandon without notifying authorities, as required by a release order.

Those aren’t the only times the teen was in trouble.

On. Aug. 16, he threw a rock at a car and, when it stopped, he pulled out a kitchen knife and told the driver he didn’t want any trouble.

He pleaded guilty to carrying a concealed weapon and breach of probation as he was out past his 9 p.m. curfew at the time.

On Oct. 2, he sneaked out while supposed to be under house arrest, stole a stereo from a car and later told an acquaintance, “Don’t worry, they won’t catch me.”

For that, he pleaded guilty to theft, and to breaching his bail order by failing to keep the peace and by breaching his curfew.

A pre-sentence report has been ordered and sentencing scheduled for Nov. 19.

Another 15-year-old boy who’s charged in connection with the boat fire and the Canad Inns incident, is out on bail on those and other allegations.

» ihitchen@brandonsun.com

Republished from the Brandon Sun print edition October 16, 2013

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A teenage boy has pleaded guilty to arson for burning a boat and other mischief, including an incident that forced the evacuation of a city hotel.

The 17-year-old pleaded guilty to those, and other offences in Brandon provincial court on Tuesday.

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The 17-year-old pleaded guilty to those, and other offences in Brandon provincial court on Tuesday.

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