North Branch Man Charged With Arson

Wednesday, November 14th, 2012 at 6:00 am

A North Branch man has been charged with arson for fires at the North Branch Veterinary Hospital and outside a pizza place.

According to the criminal complaint, 21-year-old Ryan Keith Ortlepp confessed to setting a fire at the North Branch Veterinary hospital. He also told police he started a fire in a recycling dumpster outside the Pizza Pub.

The community played a big part in the arrest of Ortlepp. Police say that a witness who overheard two men talking about setting fires at the vet hospital came forward. Other witnesses also came forward to tell police about the dumpster fire outside the pizza place.

An investigator recognized the description and the witness identified Ortlepp in a photo lineup.

If convicted, Ortlepp faces more than 10 years in jail.

(Photo courtesy of the Chisago County Sheriff’s Office)

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