A rash of break-ins in homes covered by Montreal police Station 1 cops has police officers there shaking their heads.
"I mean, this is a lot of break-ins," said Montreal police Station 1 community-relations officer Const. J.P. Levis. No kidding.
Over a four-day period between Nov. 11 and Nov. 15, 14 successful or attempted break-ins occurred in the five towns – Beaconsfield, Kirkland, Baie d'Urfé, Ste. Anne de Bellevue and Senneville -- covered by Station 1 police.
Sometime between Nov. 11 and 13, a home on Churchill Street in Baie d'Urfé was broken into when thieves forced the rear patio door of the home and made off with an undisclosed amount of merchandise, Levis said, but that was just the tip of the iceberg.
On Nov. 12, a home on Mozart Street in Kirkland was broken into, with the robber using a picnic table in the backyard to climb to the second floor of the home and force a window there, sometime between 7 a.m. and 6:30 p.m., while sometime between 5:30 and 9:30 p.m., a home on Timberlea Trail Street was broken into, the thief forcing the back patio door to gain access to the home, Levis said.
On Nov. 13, a home on Woodland Avenue was broken into sometime between 8 a.m. and 3 p.m., as thieves forced the rear kitchen window in order to gain access to the home, Levis said, while a few streets east of there, a home on Regent Avenue was broken into after the homeowners left the front door unlocked between 11:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. Around the same time, a home on Evergreen Avenue was broken into between 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. as thieves forced the front door on the home. The quartet of break-ins was completed when a home on Acres Street on the northern side of Highway 20 in Beaconsfield was broken into sometime between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. after the suspects forced the rear patio door to gain access to the home.
"What we're telling people, is if you can't afford to lose something, if it's priceless and cannot be replaced, put it in a safety deposit box," Levis said, adding that "if a robber is determined enough, they will find a way to get into your home."
On Nov. 14, only one incident was reported – this one an attempted break-in at a home on Tunstall Avenue in Senneville. The thief forced the rear patio door on the home at 2:45 p.m. that day, but fled when the home's alarm went off, Levis said.
On Nov. 15, another attempted break-in was foiled when a resident of a home on Denault Street in Kirkland heard a noise sometime between 10:30 and 11:30 a.m. – and the noise turned out to be someone attempting to force the home's rear patio door, Levis said. Another attempted robbery occurred between Nov. 13 and Nov. 15 on Evergreen Avenue – the front door was forced, similar to the method used on a previous break-in on the street two days earlier – but the thief was unable to gain access to the home, Levis said. A homeowner on Gervais Street in Kirkland was not so lucky. That same day between 11:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m., a suspect used the home's barbecue as a makeshift ladder to gain access to the second floor of the home. That same day, a home on Applewood Avenue in Beaconsfield was broken into between 7:30 a.m. and 7:30 p.m. after someone forced the garage door to gain access to the home, Levis said. Also on Nov. 15, a home on Renault Street in Kirkland was burgled sometime between 9 a.m. and 8:30 p.m. after the thief used a barbecue to access the second floor of the home, and the four-day rash ended Nov. 16 between 1:22 and 1:27 p.m. with an attempted break-in on Boisé Street in Kirkland when a would-be robber failed to gain access to the home after attempting to force the rear patio door.
"It's a variety of methods being used, which is why we don't think it can be all the same person, but we are continuing to investigate and we are looking for witnesses, if anybody saw anything suspicious around these events," Levis said. Witnesses with information are asked to call 514-280-0101.