4 arrested in connection with Hoosick, Hoosick Falls vandalism

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HOOSICK FALLS, N.Y. —Police have arrested four men in connection with reports of vandalism and property damage in the area, including spray-painting cars, officials say.

Both Hoosick Falls police and New York state police have arrested Evan McCart, 20, Parker Bellemare, 22, Brett Bacon, 23, and David Hunt, 19, in connection with multiple incidents in both the town of Hoosick and the village this month.

Hoosick Falls police have arrested the four men in connection with the spray-painting of 15 cars in the village on Sept. 4, Chief Robert Ashe confirmed Friday.

Hunt, of Middlebury, Connecticut, was arrested Thursday. The department had arrested McCart and Bellemare, both of Hoosick Falls, and Bacon, of Hoosick, on Sept. 9 in connection with the vandalism. They were identified through security cameras and interviews with residents in and outside the village.

All four were charged with four felony counts of criminal mischief and nine misdemeanor counts of criminal mischief. They were arraigned in front of Judge Thomas Restino Jr. and released to probation.

Hunt was released under conditions of house arrest and drug testing per probation, according to a media release from the department. McCart, Bellemare and Bacon were released with ankle bracelets and under conditions of house arrest, mandatory breath testing for alcohol and drug testing per probation.

State police in Brunswick have also arrested McCart, Bellemare, Bacon and Hunt after an investigation into a series of acts of vandalism that took place in the town of Hoosick the same day as the car spray-painting.

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State police were contacted after a property owner had three bales of hay rolled off of their property into the roadway and set on fire; there was also graffiti sprayed on the roadway.

A second victim reported that they woke up in the morning to find that someone had spray-painted their vehicle as well as on the door of a barn on their property, according to a media release from the state police.

McCart, Bellemare and Bacon were identified after security footage from a local store showed them purchasing beer that was later found at one of the scenes, according to the release. All three turned themselves in to police and were issued appearance tickets for Hoosick Town Court.

State police charged them with third-degree criminal mischief, two counts of fourth-degree criminal mischief, making graffiti and fifth-degree arson.

Third-degree criminal mischief is a felony; the other charges are misdemeanors. Bacon is also facing an additional charge of unlawfully dealing with a child, a misdemeanor.

According to Ashe, charges are also pending with the Rensselaer County Sheriff's Department and Bennington.

Patricia LeBoeuf can be reached at pleboeuf@benningtonbanner.com, at @BAN_pleboeuf on Twitter and 802-447-7567, ext. 118.


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