Thieves caught dismantling railway fence

Police beat:

Heinekin heist, cell phone stickup, motorcycles muted

By Robert Frank

Laval police have arrested two men, July 8, after a citizen witnessed them trying to cut the fence that protects the railway line in Laval and called 911.

“The suspects were in a dark pickup truck at 84 St. Rose East,” Sgt. Frédéric Jean told The Suburban. “The officers found the two men hiding, after they had cut approximately 50 metres of fencing. We believe that they were cutting the fence to sell it for scrap metal.”

“They were stealing a fence that was there for the public’s safety,” he added. “Those barriers are important because we often get calls about people—usually youth—walking on the track, which is extremely dangerous.”

One of the suspects, St. François resident Michel Senneville, 44, faces charges of breaking and entering, theft and possession of criminal break-in instruments. He was also wanted for breaches in the conditions of his probation for previous offences.

“There were almost a dozen outstanding cases against him in the last four years for theft, possession of stolen goods and breaking and entering,” said Sgt. Jean. “The other suspect, a 21-year-old Repentigny resident, had other, very prior offences, and is scheduled to appear in court at a later date.”

Happy thieves in Heinekin heist

Police are looking for a pair of mellow pair of thieves with the munchies in Vimont.

“They went to the till at the dépanneur at 1845 St. Elzéar with a five-litre barrel of Heinekin beer, cigarettes and sandwiches worth $196,” said Sgt. Jean. When their debit card didn’t work, they just looked at each other and walked out laughing.”

The faces of the smiling bandits were captured on the store’s security camera, and police are asking for the public’s help in identifying them.


Chomedey cell phone stickup

Around 3:30 p.m., July 9, two French-speaking black men wearing masks and carrying shotguns entered the Planete Mobile cell phone store at 1293 Labelle and ordered all five employees and a customer to lie face-down on the ground. “They stole cell phones, and the cash in the till and fled in a beige vehicle waiting outside with another black man in the driver’s seat,” reported Sgt. Jean.

The phones are easily identified by their electronic serial number and police and Sgt. Jean warned “if you’re considering buying a phone at a price that’s too good to be true, it will probably be useless in a few months.”

That’s because a new law will kick in, in November, which will require mobile phone networks to keep a registry of stolen phones and tablet computers.

“When the device tries to log in to the network, it will be flagged as stolen and blocked,” Sgt. Jean explained. “If you know someone who has had one stolen, tell them to advise police of the device’s electronic serial number. Once people routinely provide this information for the police report, it will help reduce dramatically the number of thefts of these expensive devices.”

Motorcycle noise blitz

Police are trying to bring peace and quiet back to Laval neigbourhoods by enforcing laws that limit how much noise a motorcycle can make.

Traffic patrol officers fanned out with sound measuring equipment on St. Martin Blvd., July 11, to check whether local bikers were compliant.

“They verified 15 motorcycles, of which three were found to exceed the noise limits,” reported Sgt. Jean. “Those three received infractions, and there were four other citations for other non-compliant equipment, speeding or crossing an intersection on a red light.

Fines for motorcycle noise range from $100-$200    

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