MONTREAL – Seven alleged members of a cell of the criminal group SATG (South American Theft Group) have been arrested and charged in connection with break and enters committed in Montreal and in Ontario.
It is an investigation launched on 3 may last as a result of a flight “carefully planned” with a value of $ 200,000 that led to the sweep of the Service de police de la Ville de Montréal (SPVM). A currency exchange office in the borough of Ahuntsic-Cartierville had been targeted by the criminals.
The police force in montreal has been supported in its efforts by the Ontario provincial Police (OPP) and Peel regional Police, after the alleged suspects were moved in Ontario last may 15. Two days later, they were caught red-handed during a break-in in Mississauga, suburb of Toronto.
Agents of the border services Agency of Canada (AFSC) have also participated in the investigation of the last two months.
“In collaboration with the CBSA, police officers identify the suspects and these could be connected to other thefts and break and enters that occurred in Montreal,” said the SPVM, Friday, by issuing a press release.
Many burglars tools, a jammer and wave several thousand dollars in canadian and u.s. currency were seized during the house searches, the same as fake identification documents. A bag stolen on the 2nd may last in the introduction by breaking into the currency exchange of Cartierville has also been recovered.
The seven suspects are Mora Parada, Alba, Rocha, Lopez, Salazar, Serrato Luque Reina Camelo Gomez Millan and Rojas Rojas. They are accused in Ontario for three break and enters committed in Mississauga on the 17th of may last. The suspects have appeared and they are still being held.
Five of them are also accused of two break and enters that occurred in Montreal on the 2nd of may 2020 and April 15, 2019. It is Mora Parada, Alba, Rocha, Lopez, Salazar, Serrato Luque and Reina Camelo. They face 11 charges, including break and enter, theft and possession of stolen goods, following their appearance by videoconference, Friday, at the palais de justice of Montreal.