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Charges approved in Lower mainland arson spree

Update: April 6, 2021

Vancouver Charges have been approved today by the BC Prosecution Services following a Vancouver Police investigation into an arson at a Masonic hall yesterday morning.

Three fires were set at Masonic halls in North Vancouver and Vancouver between 6:30 and 7:30 a.m. on March 30.  A suspect was located and arrested in Burnaby.

Benjamin Kohlman, 42, has been charged with one count of arson and one count of assault a police officer pertaining to the Vancouver file.

“The two arsons that occurred in North Vancouver yesterday are still under investigation,” says Constable Tania Visintin, VPD. “We anticipate recommending more charges to Crown counsel in the coming weeks related to the North Vancouver files.”

Kohlman remains in custody until his next court appearance.