Officers with the Sûreté du Québec conducted early morning raids on Tuesday related to the theft of luxury automobiles from hotels close to Trudeau Airport.
Police began their raids at 6 a.m. in the municipalities of Saint-Isidore and L’Épiphanie as well as on the island of Montreal. More than 80 officers armed with 10 search warrants swooped down on homes, a garage and even a farm building.
Sergeant Joyce Kemp with the SQ said the cars were stolen from parking lots, not those belonging to Aéroports de Montréal, but to hotels and motels adjacent to the international airport.
“They stole luxury vehicles and late model SUVs and they were very careful not to damage the cars. They had a machine that made keys that fit,” Kemp said.
The investigation began in October after a tip. The sophisticated theft ring involved stealing the cars from the lots, storing them in a garage in Saint-Isidore and then loading the vehicles into shipping containers which were bound for Africa, Kemp said. Some arrests have been made.