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Arrests made after spate of home burglaries in Beaconsfield


PHOTO BY JOHN JANTAK

SPVM Station 1 police Commander Sébastien de Montigny told residents at the Beaconsfield council meeting on Monday, May 30, that information provided by a citizen led to the arrest of culprits who may have been responsible for several break-ins in the municipality.

A vigilant West Island resident provided information to police that led to the arrest of the culprits who may have been responsible for several recent burglaries at private residences in Beaconsfield and other neighbouring municipalities, reported SPVM Station 1 police Commander Sébastien de Montigny during the Beaconsfield council meeting on Monday, May 30.

“With the help of this citizen, she recognized the suspect and took down the license plate number”, said de Montigny. “This is where we started our investigation here at Station 1. We found out they were renting luxury cars to do their break-ins. People may think that it’s usually people who drive old rusty vehicles, but this wasn’t the case.”

Police investigators also met with the Beaconsfield homeowners who were burglarized to get more information. This enabled the police to conduct a stakeout which led to the arrest of the suspected criminals in Châteauguay the morning of Monday, May 30, said de Montigny. He added that they may also be responsible for break-ins in other West Island municipalities, Gatineau and Châteauguay.

“There was a break-in in Kirkland which may be related to other incidents in the West Island,” de Montigny told Your Local Journal during a telephone interview. “There were a few break-ins in Beaconsfield recently and the investigation will tell us if they are related.”

He called on residents to be vigilant of any unusual activity in their neighbourhoods. “If people see something suspicious around their house or their neighbours’ houses, they should 911 immediately,” de Montigny added. “We will get there as fast as we can just to make sure everything is okay.”

A report that was published by a radio media source that police were not responding to burglary calls was dismissed by de Montigny as being inaccurate. “This is totally false,” he said. “The problem is with the police forensics team who don’t always respond immediately if there is no arrest or if no one is injured, but they will visit the crime scene the day after.”

To illustrate his point that the police are proactive when it comes to investigating home burglaries, de Montigny read a statement from a resident who had been a burglary victim.

“This person said, ‘I have been broken into in Beaconsfield. Cables were cut, door was kicked down and alarm ripped off the wall. Station 1 saved me big-time. They acted very quickly and proficiently. In fact they didn’t leave my home until the house was secured’. If it’s a burglary, it’s considered as an emergency and we will respond. We can be there within five minutes,” said de Montigny.

With the eventual arrival of summer vacation, de Montigny called on residents to remain extra vigilant and to keep an eye out on their neighbours’ properties. He also advised people not to post their vacation plans on social media such as Facebook as criminals could use the information to perpetrate crimes especially since the GPS system on social media can pinpoint the exact location of houses.

“Citizens can call the Neighbourhood Watch program to tell them they’ll be away and volunteers will go to check houses to make sure everything is okay. If something is wrong or suspicious, they will call the police. But the best thing to do is to tell your neighbours or family members you’ll be away and they’ll keep watch,” said de Montigny.

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