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3 wanted in Locke Street vandalism turn themselves in to Hamilton police

A group of about 30 masked people marched down Locke Street on Saturday night, smashing windows with rocks and damaging vehicles.
A group of about 30 masked people marched down Locke Street on Saturday night, smashing windows with rocks and damaging vehicles. Twitter user: OliverioCarmela

Hamilton police say they have arrested three more people in connection with the Locke Street vandalism incident that occurred in March.

At a press conference Friday, police announced they had arrested three people, and three others were wanted on charges.

On Monday, police said those individuals — Alexander Balch, 34, Matthew Lowell-Pelletier, 31, and David Prychitka, 34 — reported to Hamilton police headquarters overnight. They are expected to appear in court on Monday.

Police have not said what charges they are facing.

Their arrests bring the total number of individuals accused in the case up to seven. On Friday, police revealed that charges had been laid against Jack Duckworth, 23, Tammy Kovich, 32, both from Hamilton, and Tyler Nadeau, 26, from Montreal.

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On Friday, Chief Eric Girt called the arrests are a significant breakthrough in the case.

“These arrests are significant because it serves as a reminder that no matter how much time passes, we remain vigilant in our pursuit of the offenders,” he said.

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Police arrested 31-year-old Cedar Hopperton in connection with the vandalism in April.

Until Friday, that was the only arrest in the incident that left stores along Locke Street with over $100,000 worth of damages.

Police were called to the Locke Street area on the night of March 3, where about 30 people were marching wearing all black with their faces covered and carrying a banner that read “We Are The Ungovernable.”

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Hamilton police said they continue to investigate the vandalism. They encourage anyone with more information to contact Det. Jamie Simpson at 905-546-3816 or anonymously through Crime Stoppers at 905-522-8477.

With files from Kerri Breen