Airdrie RCMP Charges Man for Committing Arson to His Own Home

Airdrie, Alberta – Airdrie RCMP’s General Investigations Section has charged 35 year old, Shaun Lee Sandbach of Airdrie, Alberta with:

  • 2 counts of Arson for a Fraudulent Purpose
  • 2 counts of Possession of Incendiary Material
  • 3 counts of Fraud Over $5000
  • Public Mischief
  • 3 counts of False Pretences

On December 31, 2016 at approximately 12:30 pm, Airdrie RCMP responded to a structure fire located on Silver Springs Way. The fire was extinguished by the Airdrie Fire Department. The fire was deemed suspicious due to incendiary material being located within the structure. Prior to this fire, on April 13, 2016, the Airdrie Fire Department and Airdrie RCMP had responded to a structure fire at the same address. A fire investigation was completed by the Airdrie Fire Department in consultation with the Airdrie RCMP and Airdrie RCMP’s General Investigation Section. The investigation resulted in charges against Sandbach for committing arson by attempting to burn his own property.

A complete and thorough investigation was completed on Sandbach resulting in additional charges of possession of incendiary material, fraud over $5000, and false pretences due his alleged purchasing of the material to burn his own property and attempting to have insurance cover the cost of the fire.

It was also discovered that Sandbach allegedly committed public mischief on November 6, 2015 when he contacted Airdrie RCMP to report that his vehicle had been stolen while he was held at gunpoint. His claim was investigated thoroughly by Airdrie RCMP and was determined to be false.

Sandbach was released on a promise to appear with conditions for June 1, 2017 at 9:00 am at the Provincial Court of Alberta in Airdrie, Alberta.

Anyone with further information on this occurrence is asked to contact Constable Echelle Malone at the Airdrie RCMP Detachment at (403) 945-7200. Should you wish to remain anonymous, you can contact Crime Stoppers by phone at 1.800.222.8477 (TIPS), by Internet at, or by SMS (check your local Crime Stoppers [] for instructions on how to do). You do not have to reveal your identity to Crime Stoppers, and if you provide information to Crime Stoppers that leads to an arrest(s), the recovery of stolen property, and/or a seizure of illicit drugs, you may be eligible for a cash reward.

RCMP files: 2016-1708876, 2016-435458, 2015-1443335

Airdrie RCMP


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