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“Woodstock gripped by a Thanksgiving of terror,” Toronto Star. October 9, 1984. A7.

Keeping contact: While police blocked off roads around Woodstock, a remote-controlled robot vehicle, front right, was used to establish voice contact with a man who had barricaded himself inside a home after a weekend shooting spree that left four people dead. Police used the cover of an armored truck, left, to position the robot near the house. Photo: John Mahler, Toronto Star

Watching: An Ontario provincial policeman peers through binoculars at the Woodstock home where a gunman was thought to be holding hostages after four people died in gunfights. Photo: Colin McConnell, Toronto Star

Under siege: A crowd of curious onlookers gathers at a home in Woodstock where police staged a 20-hour siege after a man barricaded himself inside following a shooting spree that killed four people, two of them policemen. The man, flushed out last night, was being sought for the Saturday night killing of a policeman and another man in Montreal.
Photo: Colin McConnell, Toronto Star

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“Hold-up et fructueuse chasse à l’homme dans l’est,”

Le Petit journal
, August 22, 1948. Page 03.

Un bandit de 23 ans a causé tout un émoi, vendredi matin, dans la paisible paroisse de Notre-Dame-des-Victoires, à l’extrême est de Montréal. Cerné par des policiers, il a vite du rendre l’argent volé, une somme d’environ $17,000, et reprendre le chemin de la prison qu’il n’avait quittée que le mois dernier. Les photos ci-haut retracent ce drame. A l’extrème gauches, les constables Edouard Leriche, Thibeault et St-Aubin encadrent le prévenu, qui a dit se nommer Bob Robert, mais dont le nom véritable seriat Marcel Davidson. La photo suivante montre le sergent X. Vailliancourt, de la Circulation, et l’agent Charbonneau, de Radio-Police, tenant la serviette aux $17,000. A noter que M. Vaillancourt n’était nullement de service, au moment du drame. Par dévouement, il a littéralement sauté dans son pantalon, pour donner le chasée au bandit, sur sa motorcyclette, et c’est à lui que revient surtout l’honneur de la capture. M. Vailliancourt  n’avait ni bretelles ni ceinture, et c’est un copain policier qui le voyant en train de perdre son patalon lui a prêté une ceinture. La photo suivante montre le local de la banque où

le bandit s’est emparé des $17,000, à l’angle des rues Boyce et Monsabré. Deux policiers ont vu le bandit démarrant dans une auto Ford, portant une licence ontarienne. C’est alors que la chasse commença, conduite par le motocycliste Vaillancourt, pour se terminer dans un cul-de-sac, d’où

le bandit se sauve à travers champs pour être bientôt cerné. A l’extrème droite, Mme. Henri Desrosiers, et son jeune fils, habitant le logis situé au-dessus de la banque,

le malandrin a tiré deux coups de revolver pour mieux effrayer les commis de banqus. L’un des projecticles a percé le plafond de la banque et le plancher du logis de Mme Desrosiers, passant à quelques pouces du sofa (cercie noir)

elle se reposait avec son enfant. 

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“Less cash, more police available – Montreal keeping bank holdups down,” Montreal Gazette. August 18, 1971. Page 01.

By ALBERT NOEL
of The Gazette

It has been seven days since there was a bank robbery in Montreal. 

Before that, there wasn`t one for three weeks.

This may not be news in Toronto or Vancouver, but with Montreal’s annual average of well over 100 holdups, it is most unusual.

In fact, bank holdups in Montreal are down significantly for the first seven months of this year. Only 56 banks have been robbed this year compared in 116 in 1970 and a record 192 in 1969.

NEW LOW FORESEEN
If the sharp decline in bank robberies in the first seventeen-and-a-half months is any indication, total robberies in the city will drop to a low not seen in years.

Lieut. Larry Levis, head of the Montreal Police Department’s Public Relations Department, attributed the sudden drop in bank robberies to ‘lack of available cash in banks for gunmen, increased police surveillance and new security devices.’

He also explained that there was more co-operation between police and bank security departments and better communication between the beat policeman and the detective branch of the MPD.

‘Another factor which probably frightens the bank robber is the fact that many holdup men have been shot and killed or wounded at the scene of robberies during the past 12 months,’ Lieut. Levis added.

PROTESTS HELP
Police also had arrested 164 suspects up to the end of last month.

These arrests helped them solve 175 armed robberies committed this year plus another 40 executed in 1970.

Banks have been spent large amounts of money to strengthen security in their establishments. Most banks are keeping less and less money in the tellers’ tills.

Some banks have installed bullet-proof cages and others have put up hidden cameras which can film the holdup man in action.

GREENER PASTURES
All these things combined have forced many gunmen to seek greener pastures outside the city and in other parts of Canada, police say.

Armed robberies are also on the decrease in the city.

So far this year, holdup men have staged 955 robberies (banks included) compared to 1,658 for all of 1970.

Business establishments most often victimized this year were grocery stores, drugstores, restaurants and cigar stores.

A total of 216 grocers have been robbed at gun-point since the start of the year. Drugstores have been hit 89 times and restaurants and cigar stores on 167 occasions.

CAUGHT IN THE ACT
A hidden camera activated by an alert teller filmed these pictures of a recent holdup in a Montreal bank. The thief went about his business so quietly that most customers and employees were not aware that a robbery was taking place. The gunman, still sought by police, made off with $2,748. Police prefer not to say where the robbery took place. The robbery was committed by a man reported to be about five feet, five inches tall, about 22 years old and weighing 120 pounds. He has auburn hair, a pale complexion and his face is covered with acne. Anyone with information should contact the Montreal Police Criminal Investigation Bureau at 872-4290.

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“Charge of Complicity In Breaking ‘Padlock’,” Ottawa Citizen. July 25, 1938. Page 03.

Two Men Who Tried to Wire Constables Inside Their Own Car Escape But Man Who Helped Them Charged With ‘Complicity After the Fact.’

Canadian Press.
QUEBEC, July 25. – F. X. Lessard, self-styled ‘only living Communist to break open a Duplessis padlock for Communists.’ remained in the cells today while friends considered means of raising bail of $1,200 set Saturday by Judge Hugues Fortier when the 40-yer-old carpenter appeared before him on a charge of ‘willfully breaking a provincial law.’

Behind bars also was Henri Beaulieu, the man police charged with ‘complicity after the fact’ in the escape of two men who tried to imprison guards in their automobile Friday while Lessard entered the home authorities padlocked two days before because of the carpenters alleged Communistic activities.

When police went to the six-room Lessard dwelling last Tuesday to advise the family the flat would be locked up for a year under the special law aimed at halting the spread of Communism, it was the authorities’ third visit to homes occupied by the carpenter. Twice before they had seized literature from Lessard’s dwellings.

Away at work when police told Mrs. Lessard the family would have to evacuate the premises ‘within 24 hours,’ the carpenter again was absent when two detectives arrived the following day to execute the withdrawal order. His blue-eyed, middle aged wife and two children were marched from their home singing the ‘Internationale’ and the ‘Young Guard’ after refusing to remove their furniture. 

Two policemen immediately were detailed to guard the abandoned flat, located in to the top of a tall building below steep St. Sauveur cliff.

Curious lookers-on frequently engaged the two guarding officers in casual conversation and the police saw nothing to arouse their suspicions when two men approached their parked car Friday ostensibly for a chat.

But the officers were startled suddenly to notice their ‘callers’ slyly were binding the car’s doors with strong wire and when the guards attempted to seize the men the pair fled – just as Lessard walked along the sidewalk, pulled open a street door, and ran up three flights of stairs to his former home.

Drawing revolvers, the policemen followed and on reaching the top of the stairs they found the ‘padlocks’ (official seals of Quebec province) had been smashed. Lessard, calmly walking about the kitchen, made no resistance to arrest.

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“Women’s Jail Here Shuts Doors, Refusing to Accept Prisoners,” Montreal Gazette. July 3, 1948. Page 03.

The Fullum Street Women’s Jail closed its doors last night, and, for perhaps the first time in its history, refused to accept prisoners.

The unprecendented move by both the Catholic and Protestant authorities of the institution came about when 10 female prisoners from the cells of the Montreal Police Department were refused transfer to the jail, quashing a custom practiced for many years.

Cessation of a contract with the Provincial Government and failure of new negotiations to materialize were the reasons unofficially cited as the cause of the ‘closed door’ reception.

The jail is divided into two sections. One is operated by sisters of a Catholic order, the other by Protestant organizations. Although the jail is a provincial jail, it is apparently operated through contracts which provide for salaries, overhead and other administration items.

Asst. Dir. J. A. Belanger, of the Montreal police department, said that the move came as a surprise to the department and that they were forced to re-accommodate the 10 prisoners in police cells.

The police official said that authorities of the jail had declared that their contract with the Provincial Government had expired and that they would not accept any more prisoners.

There were rumors last night that authorities of the jail had set July 1 as an ultimatum in new negotiations with the province and that failure of the government to meet the new commitments resulted in the action taken.

The closing of the jail presents a serious problem to local police departments which are neither accommodated nor authorized by law to hold prisoners in their own cells following either a jail sentence or in between court appearances.

Last night, the Prisoner’s Department of the city police transported 12 women to the women’s jail. Only two, who had been released from the institution to police custody for court appearance, were re-admitted The other 10 were refused entrance.

An official of the jail contaced by The Gazette last night said that the institution was not overcrowded. She admitted that there was ‘some mix-up’ but would say nothing as to whether the trouble stemmed from negotiations with the government.

Among the 10 prisoners rejected by the jail, one had been sentenced in court to two months in jail, according to Dir. Belanger. This prisoner was returned, to police cells, with the others. Although lodged in cells her sentence will not be purged, however, since time in police cells is not subtracted from the sentence.

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Pierre Gaudard,

May 1, Montreal, Quebec. Gelatin silver print photograph, 1970. Canadian Photography Institute, National Gallery of Canada.

Purchased 1971. Accession number:

71-2165.  

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“Thief Who Left Clue On Spot Is Sentenced,” Montreal Star. January 28, 1937. Page 03.

Story of Missing Wallet Not Believed

Chief Judge Perrault today ordered Arthur Dubois, alias Ouellette, to serve a three month term. Dubois, who said he lived at 5165 St. Urbain street, had supplied police not only with his name and address, but also with a photograph after having broken into a garage at 29 Maguire street, on November 3, and stolen three wheels and tires off a truck.

The ‘clues’ were left for police in a wallet which Dubois had dropped as he climbed through a rear window to get into the garage. Realizing the gravity of what had happened on discovering the loss, Dubois had hastened to the police and complained that it had been stolen from him in a cabaret.

Believing there was too much coincidence in the alleged pickpocketing and the finding of the wallet in the garage, officers arrested Dubois. At trial last week he complained so bitterly of being ‘framed’ that Judge Perrault postponed trial till this morning so he could produce witnesses who had said would swear to his presence in the cabaret at the time of the alleged theft.

No witnesses appeared and he was pronounced guilty. His record showed three previous convictions. Sentence will date from time of arrest.

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