Police Tackle Surge in Commercial Break-ins: Arrest Marks Significant Progress

In a persistent surge of commercial break-ins, Hamilton has experienced a concerning increase in incidents specifically targeting family restaurants, prompting heightened levels of concern and urgency for investigators.

From mid-December 2023 to the present, a bold suspect targeted these establishments, using a rock to shatter windows and gain illicit access. In response, Hamilton Police swiftly launched a comprehensive investigation, leading to an arrest.

Our officers' diligent efforts have successfully identified a suspect linked to at least 16 of these brazen break-ins, bringing a sense of relief to affected businesses and the community at large.

On Wednesday, January 24, 2024, the Break and Enter Unit executed a search warrant in the Ancaster, culminating in the arrest of Joey Robert Hudson, a 44-year-old male.

Joey Hudson now faces multiple charges, including:

·       16 Counts of Break and Enter Commit

·       16 Counts of Disguise with Intent

·       16 Counts of Disobey Court Order

·       16 Counts of Failing to Comply with Probation

While this arrest is significant, Hamilton Police emphasize that the investigations are ongoing. 
Detectives are dedicated to thoroughly investigating every aspect of these incidents and encourage the public to come forward with any additional information.

Contact Information for Witnesses:

  • Detective Constable Patrick Root, Hamilton Police B.E.A.R. Unit: 905-540-6327
  • Detective Sergeant Shane Groombridge: 905-546-2991

Individuals with information related to this investigation are urged to contact police in their continuing efforts.

To provide information anonymously, contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 or submit tips online at www.crimestoppershamilton.com.

The Hamilton Police Service appreciates the vigilance of the community and their cooperation in helping to address and resolve this concerning pattern of break-ins.