Cornwall man charged in break-ins, arson at former Gladstone PS

In this August 2019 photo from Google Maps, the former Gladstone Public School on McConnell Avenue in Cornwall, Ont. A Cornwall man has been charged with break-and-enter and arson in relation to a couple of events at the building in the last month-and-a-half. (Google Maps via Newswatch Group)

CORNWALL – A Cornwall man has been charged in connection to a couple of break-ins and a fire inside the former Gladstone Public School.

The Cornwall Police Service announced today (April 20) that 18-year-old Spencer Blanchette is charged with three counts of break and enter, possession of break-in instruments, arson, drug possession, motor vehicle theft and taking a vehicle without consent.

The abandoned school on McConnell Avenue was broken into between March 6 and March 7 where the building was damaged. It was broken into again on March 27 where Cornwall Fire Services had to attend to put out a fire in the gymnasium.

The man is also accused of taking a bicycle from a garage without permission and taking a vehicle that wasn’t his, earlier this month.

Blanchette was arrested Saturday and officers seized break-in tools and meth.

He is in custody awaiting a bail hearing.

The former Gladstone Public School building was bought by a developer three years ago to be turned into a medical complex.