MEDICINE HAT — A 35-year-old Medicine Hat man is facing multiple charges, including inciting hatred in public, after money with hateful messages was seized at a local business.
According to a news release from the Medicine Hat Police Service, officers received a complaint from a local business regarding a male allegedly displaying currency stamped with hate markings directed towards people of the Jewish faith.
Police arrested Loki Hulgaard, 35, and charged him with inciting hatred in public. When officers searched his backpack, numerous $5, $20 and $50 bills were discovered, stamped with messages including “Jewish White Genocide.”
Officers executed a search warrant at Hulgaard’s home and seized numerous computers, USB drives and white supremacy documents. Officers also seized four firearms, including 2 SKS high-powered rifles with the serial numbers removed, over 1,200 rounds of ammunition, high capacity magazines and hate stickers displaying the message “Immigration=White Genocide.”
Inspector Tim McGough with the Medicine Hat Police Service called the incident “concerning.”
“I’d like to say that this is not reflective of the community of Medicine Hat, which has always been inclusive to people of all races and religions,” he said. “Obviously, this is an offence, it’s egregious, and it was dealt with appropriately.”
McGough says Hulgaard was not previously known to police in Medicine Hat and appears to be acting alone.
In addition to the charge of inciting hatred, Hulgaard is also charged with two counts of possessing a firearm with the serial number removed, four counts of unsafe storage of a firearm, three counts of possession of a prohibited device, and four counts of unauthorized possession of a firearm.
Earlier this month, police responded to several posters and stickers with anti-Semitic statements that were placed on buildings in Medicine Hat, including a church. McGough says police continue to investigate those incidents, and have not yet established a link between the money seized and the stickers placed around the building. McGough adds the seized computers and USBs are being searched as the investigation is ongoing, and more charges could be laid.
Hulgaard appeared before a justice of the peace on August 2nd, where he was released on $4,000 no-cash recognizance with numerous conditions. He is scheduled to make his first appearance in court on Thursday.
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