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SQ make arrests in 70 home break-ins


IMAGE COURTESY SURETE DU QUEBEC

The houses on the map indicate the approximate locales of the 21 break-ins that have taken

place in St. Lazare between September 2011 and April 2014 as part of a series of 70 break-ins in the province. Police arrested four suspects May 27.

Following more than a year of investigation, Sûreté du Québec (SQ) officers announced May 27 the arrest of four suspects in a series of 70 break-ins in the Montérégie, the Laurentians and Lanaudière regions between September 2011 and April 2014, with 21 homes in St. Lazare and one in Ste. Marthe included in the total.

“The investigation started in the Vaudreuil-Soulanges west area after the investigators saw several break-ins that had taken place,” said SQ spokesperson Sgt. Joyce Kemp. “The work that was done throughout the investigation and the analysis that was made permitted the investigators to make links on break-ins that had taken place on their territory and other territories that are covered by municipal police services.”

The break-ins typically took place in single family homes while the occupants were away. The four suspects include a 30-yearold man and 27-year-old woman who were arrested in Laval, a 26-year-old man arrested in St. Jerome, and a 36-year-old man arrested in Prévost.

The 26-year-old man was later released. The three remaining suspects are expected to appear at the Valleyfield courthouse. “What was mainly stolen was jewellery and money totaling over $1 million,” said Kemp, who added the property damage caused due to the break-ins totaled over $150,000.

“Several police organizations collaborated because a lot of the break-ins took place on their territory,” said Kemp, listing the police forces of Roussillon, Richelieu-Saint-Laurent and Thérèse-de-Blainville, Granby, Repentigny, Deux-Montagnes, and Longueuil. Sgt. Kemp said the arrests are unrelated to the recent spate of break-ins that occurred in St. Lazare and the investigation in those cases is ongoing.

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