The SPVM said in a news release that catching the thief red-handed was lucky, as officers from the neighborhood's Module d’action project were already on the scene, observing the suspect as the thefts happened.
Was it the magic of Christmas that put the suspect in the path of the agents? Either way, some great gifts will be back just in time for the holidays!
SPVM news release
"Upon observing the suspect, officers noticed that he was stealing packages that had just been delivered to residence doors," says the release.
Police say the arrest made it possible to immediately resolve the two package thefts as well as prevent other thefts.
The news release also aimed to educate Montrealers on how to prevent their packages from being stolen.
Among the recommendations, police advise that Montrealers opt for a "delivery with signature" option if available, so that packages aren't left on their doorsteps if they're not home.
They also recommend having your package deposited in a safe or a bin with a padlock, instructing the delivery person to lock it, or asking a neighbour to pick up your package if you think you'll be out at the time of delivery.
More tips include delivering packages to your work, having your package delivered to a secure Canada Post dropbox, and installing a surveillance camera.
On Tuesday, October 19, a 24-year-old Montreal woman was stabbed on rue Aylmer, near Milton, which is near McGill University.
SPVM spokesperson Véronique Dubuc told MTL Blog that there were "many witnesses" and police quickly arrived on the scene after receiving a 9-1-1 call about an altercation between a man and a woman on the street.
Witnesses were allegedly able to see the man stabbing the victim with a sharp object, as it was in broad daylight, taking place around 4:30 p.m.
When police arrived, the suspect was still on the scene and was arrested on the spot. The suspect is currently in custody.
The victim was transported to the hospital and was "severely injured on her upper body." At the hospital, she was declared dead.
According to Montreal police, the victim and suspect used to be roommates.
A 16-year-old was fatally stabbed in Montreal on Monday, police say.
SPVM spokesperson Julien Lévesque confirmed that police received a 9-1-1 call around 3 p.m. on Monday, in which they were informed that an individual had been "injured by a sharp object near a sports centre on Van Horne Avenue."
The incident took place in the Côte-Des-Neiges—Notre-Dame-De-Grâce borough.
Police say an altercation occurred involving a group of teens outside of Mile End high school, according to CBC News.
The victim was soon transferred to the hospital in a "critical state," where he ended up succumbing to his wounds.
Lévesque said this is the 25th homicide in Montreal this year.
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If either Valérie Plante or Denis Coderre get elected mayor in November, Montreal would be "more dangerous," according to mayoral candidate and Mouvement Montréal leader Balarama Holness.
"Montreal will be more dangerous under a Plante or Coderre administration because they both avoid accountability and fail to address the root cause of city violence: poverty, social exclusion, and marginalization," Holness said in a statement shared with MTL Blog.
@mouvement_MTL and @RPMTL2021 have a common vision to provide Montrealers with better services, remedy the housing… https://t.co/yXXZIqzTwQ
Holness called out Mayor Valérie Plante and former Mayor Denis Coderre for, in his words, "blindly investing in the SPVM."
"We have seen the budget skyrocket from $400 million to $800 million per year in the past few decades," he said, calling for a record of "every dollar spent by the SPVM" to be made public.
Under a Holness mandate, SPVM expenditures would be greatly reduced and much of the police budget would be frozen or eliminated altogether, "including the $57 million dollar gun range that was earmarked for 2020-2022," the statement from the party reads.
Rather than funding the police, Holness says his administration would invest $1 billion into building new sports and recreation facilities in Montreal in order to "improve urban health, limit high school dropouts, and build stronger and safer communities."
In the now-viral video, originally taken by Instagram user @pluggy.00, you can see the two SPVM officers trying their best to keep the individual in their hold, but failing to do so and then unsuccessfully trying to catch the suspect as they quickly ran away.
SPVM spokesperson Jean-Pierre Brabant confirmed with MTL Blog that this incident took place on Thursday, October 7 in Villeray.
Brabant said the suspect is known to police but has not yet been arrested as investigators continue to locate the individual.
"We're still looking for him. We haven't found him. We have all his information though," he confirmed.
"We know who it is, it's just a question of time to find him."