Remember the days when you thought every police officer was a paragon of law and order, a beacon of justice, a living statue of ethical action and virtues? Yeah, me neither, but this Montreal police officer definitely isn't helping anything.
A member of a huge bookkeeping gambling ring, Montreal police sergeant Andre Thibodeau was arrested as part of a huge "takedown" that comprised criminals of four different cities and over 150 police officers, reports CTV.
Based in Plateau-Mont Royal, Thibodeau was arrested for a hot mess of different charges, including book making, conspiracy, and gangsterism, which is apparently a real word.
No one really knows how large the illegal gambling ring Thibodeau helped organize was, though suspicions say some bets were made for as much as $100, 000. Needless to say, Thibodeau made some serious cash off the whole thing. Crime does pay, until you're arrested that is.
Because Montreal is basically like Gotham City, the corrupt Plateau police sergeant's betting ring is believed to have ties to "Italian organized crime." Hopefully this just means the Batman of Montreal will be on the scene sometime soon, or you know, things will just stay the same as they have been forever. I'm hoping for the Bat-scenario myself.
One of Montreal's favourite taco joints, Tacos Frida, was robbed early on the morning of Saturday, September 25.
SPVM spokesperson Jean-Pierre Brabant told MTL Blog that a breaking and entering call was placed with the Montreal police around 4 a.m. that day.
And the taco spot wasn't shy to expose the person who did it on social media, as they decided to share a photo from the camera footage early that morning showing the robber's face.
MTL Blog spoke with the owner of Tacos Frida, Enrique Chan, who said, "a guy just broke one of the locks and emptied the cash register."
Chan believes around $300 was stolen during this incident.
Brabant explained that "Officers were called on-site concerning a breaking and entering. So far, we don't have any arrests but we've taken all the evidence and the camera footage, which was sent to investigators, so we'll see if we can identify the person who committed the break and entry."
For context, we can look at homicide rates from previous years. The following chart was compiled using Statistics Canada data.
The number of homicide victims over the past four years has been fairly consistent and works out to an average of 45.
Since it's September, we're around 3/4 — 75% — through the year. Using the average, we would expect there to be about 33 or 34 homicides by September, so 21 homicides is actually below what one might expect.
That said, anything can happen in a matter of months and monthly rates may vary.
The other thing we can consider is changes to Montreal's population from one year to the next. The homicide rate takes this into account, measuring the number of homicides per 100,000 people. However, the City of Montreal's most recent population count is from 2020 when it recorded 2,069,849 people.
In 2020, Montreal's homicide rate (0.97) was almost on par with that of St. John's, Newfoundland (0.96). Montreal's homicide rate was lower than that of Toronto (1.62), Vancouver (1.64), Calgary (2.53), and Edmonton (3.19). It was slightly higher than that of Ottawa (0.90).
The country's overall homicide rate in 2020 was 1.95.
Around 5 p.m. on Monday, a 51-year-old woman was turning into the parking lot of a polling station on Sunshine Street in Dollard-des-Ormeaux and ending up losing control of her car. As her car began to accelerate, she ended up hitting nine people who were waiting in line, SPVM spokesperson Manuel Couture confirmed with MTL Blog.
Of these nine people, there were three women, five men, and one 5-year-old child. All of them were transported to the hospital afterwards and police say there is no fear for any of their lives.
But, Couture explained that doctors are saying a 77-year-old woman who was hit during the accident could face complications because of her age.
At this time, police believe that the incident was not intentional. The woman's vehicle will be investigated in order to give police more explanation as to how this happened.
This article's cover photo was used for illustrative purposes only.