A Merritt man arrested last week in relation to recent church fires in the Nicola Valley has been released on bail.

Merritt RCMP took 37-year-old August Caprian into custody last Thursday.

“We had some evidence and we were able to obtain a search warrant for further evidence,” Const. Tracy Dunsmore told the Herald. “We executed that search warrant [on Jan. 17] and were able to obtain evidence that we were looking for and, as a result, made an arrest.”

Caprian is facing three counts of arson and one of break-and-enter. Following a brief court appearance in Kamloops on Jan. 18, he was granted bail. 

Details of the allegations against Caprian are protected by a court-ordered ban on publication.

He is expected to return to court on Feb. 5.

-With files from Kamloops This Week