Laval police officers injured after crashing into 4 parked cars
Two Laval police officers were injured around 5AM early Saturday morning after their cruiser crashed into four parked cars in the Chomedey neighbourhood.
Police were called about a domestic disturbance at a home near Laval Boulevard and Jolivet Street just after 5 a.m.
At the intersection of Saint-Martin and McNamara boulevards, the officers thought they saw the suspect’s vehicle and attempted a U-turn.
“At that moment, they lost control, and there was an impact,” said Laval police Const. Evelyne Boudreau.
Black ice on the road may have played a factor, she said.
Both officers were taken to hospital. The woman in the passenger seat had lacerations on her face from when the windshield shattered. The man who was driving was treated for an arm injury and released.
The suspect in the call was not arrested and police determined nothing criminal had transpired.
“There’s not going to be arrests on that case,” Boudreau said.
The police cruiser was heavily damaged. Boudreau said police do not know the extent of the damage to the parked cars.
Both officers are in their 20s.
Thief who targeted construction sites faces new charges
A recidivist tool thief who targeted construction sites in Montreal and Laval has been hit with three new charges after trying to sell the stolen goods online.
Laval police said the man in his 50s, who was initially arrested Aug. 20, was back in Quebec court Nov. 13 to face new charges after he tried to sell the goods, which had been engraved for security and were spotted online by the equipment’s owner.
Police said the owner contacted investigators, who set up a sting operation, posing as clients interested in buying a stolen pressure-washer, that ended in the arrest of the suspect. A later raid of his home yielded the seizure of another $25,000 worth of stolen goods, police said.
The suspect’s new charges are related to breaking and entering and re-selling stolen merchandise worth more than $5,000.
The Laval police took the opportunity of announcing the new charges to remind the public of the value of engraving valuables – from tools to bikes to TVs and more – for security purposes, and conserving the engraving codes in case the items are stolen. Laval police even loan out engraving machines, free of charge.
They recommend using your driver’s license number, if you have one, as the security code; this allows investigators to easily track down the address of the rightful owner of stolen goods.
They also recommend that people buying used valuables examine them for engravings that may have been filed off or otherwise tampered with.
They are also reminding the public of the adage that if a deal seems too good to be true, it probably is.
If you see any stolen goods for sale, Laval police say you can alert them, confidentially and anonymously as needed, by calling 450-662-4636.