Suspect charged in Salvation Army arson case

Justin Murphy, 27, was formally charged Tuesday in connection with last week's fire at a Salvation Army thrift store in St. John's.
Justin Murphy is escorted to provincial court in St. John's on Tuesday. (CBC )

A man accused of starting a fire at a Salvation Army Thrift Store in St. John's was charged in court on Tuesday morning.

Justin Murphy, 27, appeared in provincial court in St. John's.

He was arrested Monday on charges of arson, damage to property, and breach of a court order.

Security video recorded outside the Kenmount Road store shows a man in a hoodie rummaging through second-hand items that had been dropped off after-hours.

The video showed that as the man left the scene, several fires ignited. The blaze destroyed a variety of goods and damaged a side of the building.