Two Hamilton men charged in relation to synagogue vandalism

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Two young men from Hamilton have been arrested in relation to an incident last weekend where the Beth Jacob Synagogue was defaced with anti-Semitic graffiti

Hamilton Police Detectives and the Hate Crime Unit continue to investigate the hate-biased incident but they announced Thursday afternoon that two 19-year-old men have been charged in relation to the incident.

Four males have been identified in the graffiti incident to date, police say.

On Wednesday (Oct. 9) two other men, both 19-years-of-age, were arrested and interviewed. Their roles in the incident were established and they were released unconditionally.

On Thursday (Oct. 10) Hamilton Police arrested the two suspects who were subsequently charged with mischief under $5000 in relation to the incident.

Blake Trautman and Liam Greaves, both from Hamilton, are scheduled to appear in court in early November.

Hamilton police remind the public that reporting hate crimes and incidents is an important step in stopping the cycle of hatred and preventing others from being victimized.

They say It is also important for police to be aware of hate crime so that analysis can be done to ensure appropriate actions are taken and resources put in place.

Anyone with information about this crime is asked to contact Acting Detective Sergeant Chambers by calling 905-546-3833.

To provide information anonymously call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 or submit anonymous tips online at http://www.crimestoppershamilton.com.

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