Serial Auto Thefts | The SPVM identifies two suspects and the investigation continues

A man and woman in their 40s suspected of orchestrating a series of burglaries and car thefts in Saint-Laurent and Bordeaux-Cartierville have just been arrested by Montreal police. The duo now face multiple charges.

Posted at 2:50 p.m

Henri Ouellette-Vezina

Henri Ouellette-Vezina
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According to the Service de Police de la Ville de Montréal (SPVM), the alleged facts date back to late last month, between April 19 and 27. Ali Bazid and Myriam Forget-Barreck, both 40, “exploited inattentive residents or broken garage doors to break into underground parking lots and commit their crimes,” investigators say.

Once inside, the suspects either stole the vehicles directly or they stole “the personal lockers of the buildings’ occupants”. Sometimes “they smashed windows and confiscated property that might be in vehicles,” the SPVM also notes.

Ultimately, it was surveillance cameras and local residents catching the suspects “in the act” that enabled investigators to track them down. Her arrest was finally staged in the past few days.

Over $5000 in loot

Bazid and Forget-Barreck stole two cars and ransacked the interiors of at least nine other vehicles with a total value of more than $5,000, according to a report issued by authorities on Monday. Her loot includes nearly $900 in cash, but also “tires, hubcaps, construction tools, stethoscopes, clothing and purses,” all of which were confiscated by law enforcement.

The man and woman, in their 40s, recently appeared before a judge at the Montreal courthouse. They are charged with burglary and burglary, auto theft, larceny, receiving more than $5,000 and mischief. Ali Bazid is also threatened with indictment for failing to comply with the conditions.

The police do not rule out that “other events” “could be related to these people”. “Further taxes could possibly be added,” the authorities therefore specify.

Therefore, anyone with relevant information related to this file is urged to contact 911 or even their neighborhood station. Info-Crime Montreal’s confidential and anonymous center can also be reached at 514-393-1133. A reporting form can also be completed online on the organization’s website.

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