Batzakis charged with $1 million jewelry robberies

By Robert Frank

Police in Ste. Adèle, St. Jérôme, Val Morin and Montreal searched six locations, including the Parc Extension home and Laurentian chalet of Dimitrios Batzakis, 46, Nov. 19.

They were searching for evidence related to two big jewelry robberies at the Carrefour Laval Birks store in 2012 and in St. Bruno in 2002, Laval Police Const. Jolyane Ledoux told The Suburban.

“Investigators seized two handguns,” she said in an interview. “Batzakis appeared in court, Nov. 20, to face charges of robbery and possession of a prohibited weapon.”

“The investigation is continuing,” Const. Ledoux added. “There might be more arrests but so far, he is the only person to face charges.”

Car knocks out Hydro transfomer

Police have requisitioned blood samples from a 35-year-old motorist, after his car hit a Hydro pole in Vimont, shortly after midnight, Thursday.

“The man was driving alone along St. Elzéar,” said Const. Ledoux. “At the intersection of Jacques Bureau, he lost control of his vehicle, which struck a Hydro pole. The transformer exploded, and a Hydro crew was summoned to the scene to repair the damaged electrical equipment.”

Urgences santé brought the motorist to hospital to be treated for head injuries.

“A constable detected the odor of alcohol on his breath, so a blood sample was taken to determine the level of alcohol in the driver’s blood,” she added, “to determine whether that might be the cause of the accident.”

Peaceful demonstrations

The city escaped lawlessness, last Wednesday, when white collar workers walked off their municipal civil service jobs for a one-day labour protest.

“There were demonstrations at Laval city hall, Montmorency Metro station as well as at the municipal garage,” Const. Ledoux reported. “The demonstrators remained under control at all times and nothing bad happened.”
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