A 50-year-old Charlevoix man is behind bars, accused of paying someone to set fire to a job training center for the disabled.
The Charlevoix County Sheriff said a tip led to the Joint Operational Law Enforcement Team (J.O.L.T.) to investigate a possible arson that was to take place at the Bergmann Center in Charlevoix.
An informant was reportedly paid a sum of money to set fire to the Bergmann Center and upon completion of the task was to receive more money. The fire was to take place in the office area of the Center and computers were to be removed prior to the fire being set.
Detectives with J.O.L.T. and the Charlevoix City Police Department arrested the suspect before the fire could be set.
Prosecuting Attorney John Jarema authorized a six count warrant including: Solicitation of a breaking & entering a building with intent, Conspiracy to commit breaking & entering a building with intent, Solicitation of a Felony â?? Arson â?? real property, Conspiracy to commit arson â?? real property, Conspiracy to commit larceny in a building, Solicitation of a larceny in a building.
Sheriff Schneider reassures the community that the Bergmann Center is not in any danger.