At least 3 suspects linked to 8 church break-ins in Hamilton

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Published March 23, 2023 at 2:52 pm

Police in Hamilton just released images of three suspects who might be responsible for break-and-enter robbies at least eight houses of worship within the last 2½ months.

Hamilton Police (HPS) say the sanctuary commercial break-and-enter investigations have all taken place in the early-morning hours. The first was on Jan. 14, and the most recent was on Tuesday (March 21). All three suspects are described to police as male, white, and approximately 30-40 years-of-age.

“In each case, the suspects have gained entry to the churches and targeted various items, including cash donations, and electronic equipment,” says HPS.

“Detectives continue to investigate these incidents and are asking for the public’s assistance in identifying the suspects.”

Anyone who has information that could assist with this criminal investigation should contact Det.-Const. Derek Donn (905-546-8934) or Det. Sergeant Shane Groombridge (905-546-2991). Information may be shared anonymously through Crime Stoppers (1-800-222-8477; online at crimestoppershamilton.com).

Hamilton Police added that it “continue(s) to work closely with those affected (by the break-and-enters) and will continue to work with neighbouring police services to raise awareness surrounding these incidents.” It also reminded all commercial businesses to take precautions against after-hours illegal entries.

Those include installing security cameras and alarms where possible, and reporting any suspicious activity to police.

(Images: Hamilton Police Service.)

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