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Cambridge man faces more charges after Pride signs stolen, banner torn down | CBC News

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A 59-year-old Cambridge, Ont., man faces more charges after Pride signs were stolen from businesses in Cambridge and a Pride banner was damaged last month.

Police say signs were removed from windows of multiple businesses

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The Waterloo Regional Police Service says a 59-year-old Cambridge man is facing additional charges after Pride signs were taken from businesses in the Galt core and a banner was damaged. (Kate Bueckert/CBC)

A 59-year-old Cambridge, Ont., man faces additional charges of theft, attempted theft and mischief charges after police investigated Pride signs being stolen and a banner being torn down in the city last month.

Police say there were several instances of Pride items being taken or damaged in “hate-related incidents”:

  • On June 1, officers were called after a man was seen removing Pride signs from the windows of businesses and allegedly made threatening comments to harm others. There were no physical injuries reported.
  • On June 8, police were told of more thefts of Pride signs from businesses in the same area.
  • On “multiple occasions during the latter part of June,” which is Pride month, a man removed signs from the windows of businesses and also damaged a Pride banner while trying to tear it down.

The signs had been located at businesses in the area of Ainslie Street South and Main Street in Cambridge.

The suspect was initially charged on July 9 with six counts of mischief under $5,000 and one count of uttering threats to cause death.

Police say on Monday, the suspect was further charged with three counts of theft, attempt theft and mischief under $5,000.

The accused is scheduled to appear in court next month.

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