Canadian Heist: A third of silver bars recovered
from Truth in Gold
Police raided 12 locations in the borough of St-Laurent, the city of Pointe-Claire and the off-island town of Notre-Dame-de-l’Île-Perrot on Wednesday night and Thursday morning, and came up with about 150 stolen silver bars.
Police also arrested five men Wednesday in connection with a Sept. 2 silver heist at the Port of Montreal. About 500 bars were stolen, worth about $10 million. So far, police have recovered about one-third of the bars, and the investigation is continuing, said Montreal Police Constable André Leclerc.
Noberto Cordeiro and Jaswinder Singh appeared at the Montreal courthouse Thursday and were charged with theft and trafficking of goods valued over $5,000, possession of stolen goods and conspiracy. They remained in custody Thursday and will return to court for bail hearings Friday.
The seizures were made at warehouses, garages, residences, two cars and a container.
The container that police raided was parked in a lot belonging to Ebentech Inc. on Labrosse Ave. at Tecumseh St. in Pointe-Claire. Police were still there on Thursday morning, with several cruisers parked outside the building, which caused a stir for parents dropping their children off at West Island College, a private school across the street. The company could not be reached for comment on Thursday.
The five men who were arrested are between the ages of 35 and 53 and will face charges of theft of more than $5,000, possession of property obtained by crime, and conspiracy. Two will appear in court Thursday to answer charges, while the other three were released with promises to appear in court at a later date.
Police recover silver bricks in Pointe-Claire on Thursday Sept. 10, 2015. The bricks were from a cargo container heist in the Port of Montreal. The container was filled with an estimated $10 million in silver bars. A Montreal police investigator unloads a silver brick from the rear of a tractor trailer in the Pointe-Claire area of Montreal, Thursday, September 10, 2015.