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Richard Arsenault, accused in screen cutter case, faces new charges

Richard Arsenault appeared in court in Charlottetown Thursday morning to face burglary charges, and will remain in custody.

Burglary cases go back to last year

Brad MacConnell, Charlottetown deputy police chief, and RCMP Sgt. Leanne Butler talk to the media about the screen cutter burglaries on Thursday morning. (Brian Higgins/CBC)

Richard Arsenault appeared in court in Charlottetown Thursday morning to face new burglary charges, and will remain in custody.

Arsenault, 38 of Travellers Rest, is accused in what has become known as the screen cutter burglaries in the Charlottetown area. He was arrested in the early morning hours on Tuesday and on Wednesday charged with 10 counts related to burglaries.

Police announced Thursday they were applying more charges.

Arsenault now faces 15 charges, including counts of break and enter, wearing a mask, and possession of tools suitable for break and enter.

The charges are related to 10 separate break-ins at eight different homes. According to court documents, one home in Stratford was robbed three times.

The court has also ordered that Arsenault should have no contact with his wife.

Arsenault returns to court Aug. 29 and again Sept. 1.

Here is an updated timeline of what police allege Arsenault did, and of other events CBC has reported on.

With files from Brian Higgins