Montreal police seeking victims of serial robber

Suspect allegedly posed as a ventilation inspector to enter buildings under renovation and steal items.

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Published on: September 13, 2017 | Last Updated: September 13, 2017 4:57 PM EDT

Police suspect Martin Marchand, 43, posed as a ventilation inspector to gain access to buildings under renovation and then robbed them. SPVM

Montreal police are seeking other victims of a man accused of posing as a ventilation inspector to break into businesses and steal wallets, jewelry and electronics.

Martin Marchand, 43 was arrested by police and faces several charges of breaking and entering.

Between June 5 and Sept. 5, several break-ins occurred at commercial buildings in Dollard-des-Ormeaux, St-Laurent, Dorval and Pointe-Claire. The suspect worked the same way each time, police allege. He targeted buildings under renovation, arriving on the site wearing a hard hat and presenting himself as an employee for a ventilation company who had to carry out inspections.

Once in the building, he is alleged to have entered offices and stolen wallets, credit cards, cash, watches, jewelry, electronics and other items. He was sometimes accompanied by an accomplice, and arrived in different vehicles: a recent model white Dodge Durango; a 2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee or a white 2015 Chevrolet Corvette.

Marchand was arrested Sept. 5 while attempting to rob three businesses on Nuns’ Island and downtown, police said. He is facing 17 charges of breaking and entering. His accomplice, a 41-year-old woman, will appear in court as well.

Police have reason to believe there are other victims. Anyone who may have been targeted in the same way is asked to go to their local police office or to call 9-1-1 to file an official complaint.

Anyone with information can do so confidentially through Info-Crime Montreal at 514-393-1133 or online at http://www.infocrimemontreal.ca

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