Rindge police arrest suspect in tire pile crash

  • Rindge Police Department Staff photo by Ben Conant

Monadnock Ledger-Transcript
Published: 10/30/2022 8:15:07 PM
Modified: 10/30/2022 8:14:47 PM

Rindge police have made one arrest in relation to what is believed to be an attempted tire fire earlier this month, which resulted in a car crash and injury to at least one occupant.

Police Chief Rachel Malynowski said Sunday police are not releasing the name of the individual to the public until the conclusion of the investigation, which involves multiple people, to prevent the possibility of witness tampering in an ongoing investigation.

In a release issued on Friday, police issued a statement that they had arrested an 18-year-old man from Jaffrey for a role in an incident on Oct. 14 on Cathedral Road, where dozens of tires were stacked in the road in the middle of the night, police believe in anticipation of lighting them on fire. Before a fire could be set, a vehicle crashed into the pile, damaging the truck and injuring one of the occupants.

The man is being charged with accomplice to committing criminal mischief and accomplice to committing reckless conduct and accomplice to committing arson – all Class B felonies – and contributing to the delinquency of a minor, a Class B misdemeanor.

He has been released on personal recognizance bail and issued a court date of Dec. 1 at 1 p.m. at the Cheshire Superior Court.

Police are anticipating additional arrests in this case, and are in the midst of interviews with potential suspects, Malynowski said. Police believe they have identified all people related to this incident.

“We would like to thank the community for its unwavering support as we attempt to navigate through these difficult times,” the police statement said. “Our goal is to make the Halloween season in Rindge enjoyable for everyone and not a dreaded time of the year for the people who live here.”

Police are also actively investigating a separate incident, which occurred on the town common in the overnight hours of the weekend of Oct. 22 and 23, where a group of individuals committed various crimes, including throwing lit toilet paper on the common trees, doing burnouts and stealing a stop sign from an intersection.

Residents with any information on either of these incidents, or any other incident, contact the Rindge Police Department at 603-899-5009 or Cheshire County Dispatch at 603-355-2000.


Ashley Saari can be reached at 603-924-7172 ext. 244 or asaari@ledgertranscript.com. She’s on Twitter @AshleySaariMLT. She’s on Twitter @AshleySaariMLT.

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