Two young minors who committed a series of robberies two years ago in the Rosemont-La Petite-Patrie neighborhood of Montreal were arrested by the Montreal Police Department (SPVM) last Thursday. Their course of action: make an appointment with the victim at home to buy electronic devices launched on an online sales platform, and then pull out a gun.
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At least three times, the defendants started an online transaction on a platform such as Kijiji or Marketplace under a false name. Once contact was made, they set up an appointment with their victim at her home. On the spot, they checked the goods – valuable electronic equipment – and then pulled out a “blade or pistol,” according to the SPVM. A robbed person was also sprayed with tear gas.
If the suspects committed at least three separate thefts, investigators suspect they’ve used the same technique on other occasions in recent years. A third accomplice, who has not yet been pinned down by the SPVM, was also involved in the operations.
The two suspects were arrested in front of their school last Thursday. Minors whose identity cannot be revealed. They appeared in juvenile court on Friday and face charges of robbery, assault with a gun and public mischief. They were later conditionally released pending the next stage of the trial. As for the third accomplice, investigations are still ongoing, the SPVM said in a press release.
“Theft through the use of force and threats is a serious offense that the SPVM treats as a matter of priority, the police service specifies. Responsible investigators will not hesitate to continue their search for months or even years to arrest those responsible for these crimes. »
Safe places for transactions initiated online
The SPVM advises that Montrealers have four secure communications areas available 24/7. Camera-monitored, they enable transactions initiated online to be completed securely.
These areas are located in Dollard-des-Ormeaux, west of the city, Sainte-Catherine Street West, city center, Anjou district and Rosemont. The secured area in Rosemont is on Rue Molson.
“Anyone who has been the victim of a scam or has information to further an investigation is asked to contact 911 or their neighborhood station, the SPVM recalled. It is also possible to communicate anonymously and confidentially with Info-Crime Montréal at 514.393-1133 or through the report form on the infocrimemontreal.ca website. »