Four men were intercepted overnight from Thursday to Friday for stealing a vehicle in the city of Gatineau, Outaouais, during a police operation to shed light on a series of auto thefts.
The police caught the men, from Greater Montreal, in the act at 3 a.m. when they tried to steal a Dodge RAM 1500 pickup truck in the Masson-Angers area.
The four men had fled in two different vehicles, including the one that was stolen which was carrying the driver only, and the other carrying three people. The "accompanying" vehicle was intercepted on Route 148 initially.
In the direction of Thurso, the fourth suspect abandoned his vehicle on the side of the road in the municipality and was caught a few minutes later by SPVG police officers.
Auto theft is not a new case in Gatineau, where 30 luxury vehicles have been stolen since the start of 2022 alone. Networks would be active "a little everywhere in the province for several years".