Breaking and entering: The SPVM is looking for potential victims


PHOTOS COURTESY SPVM

Investigators from the West Division of the Service de police de la Ville de Montréal (SPVM) are searching for potential victims of Martin Marchand, 43. The suspect was arrested by police and faces several charges of breaking and entering. Investigators have reason to believe there are other victims.

Between June 5 and September 5, several break-and-enters events took place in commercial buildings in the Dollard-des-Ormeaux, Saint-Laurent, Dorval and Pointe-Claire sectors. The suspect proceeded each time in the same way. He was targeting buildings under renovation and arriving on the premises wearing a construction-type helmet. He presented himself as an employee of a ventilation company and claimed to have to check the building's facilities. Once in the building, he entered the office and seized various objects including wallets, credit cards, cash, watches, jewellery, electronics, etc. The suspect was sometimes accompanied by an accomplice. During the events, he was seen driving various vehicles: a recent White Dodge Durango, a 2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee or a 2015 White Chevrolet Corvette.

On September 5, following an investigation, the police were able to identify, locate and arrest the suspect and his accomplice. The man was caught red-handed when he had just committed three break-ins in commercial premises in L'Île-des-Sœurs and downtown. The man appeared in court and faces 17 counts of break-and-enter while his accomplice, a 41-year-old woman, is expected to appear shortly. The investigators in this case have good reason to believe that the duo, very prolific, could have committed other similar crimes using the same ploy.

Anyone who has been a victim of these suspects is invited to go to their local police station or contact 9-1-1 to file a formal complaint.

Anyone with information on this or any other event is invited to contact Info-Crime Montréal at 514 393-1133 or online. The information will be treated anonymously and confidentially.

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