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Man charged after window smashed at Belleville place of worship

Photo via Belleville Police

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In an early morning incident that rattled a local place of worship in Belleville’s east end, a 44-year-old man from British Columbia has been apprehended by authorities.

At approximately 6:30 a.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 14, Belleville police received a distress call from a member of the congregation present at the site. According to the caller, an unidentified male approached the front doors of the place of worship. Upon being informed that the location wasn’t open to the public at that hour, the individual allegedly proceeded to the west side of the building and deliberately smashed a window.

Officers arrived at the scene and successfully detained the male suspect in the vicinity without any further disturbances.

The arrested individual is presently in custody, pending a scheduled bail hearing, facing a sole charge of mischief under $5,000 in connection with the vandalism incident.

Authorities have emphasized that, as of the current investigation phase, there is no substantiated evidence indicating that this act of vandalism was motivated by hate.

When asked by Quinteist police to confirm the specific place of worship that was affected, Staff Sergeant Jeremy Ashley stated “I am not going to confirm the religious status of the location, in an effort to protect the privacy of the congregants.”

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