Three arrested in last year's puppy theft case

Three arrests in last year's puppy theft case

Investigators from the Vaudreuil-Dorion Major Crimes Investigation Team proceeded yesterday to the arrest of three individuals in connection with the case of the thefts of puppies which occurred last fall in Quebec.

The criminals, Mohammed Bjitar and Algo Brian Fotso Youmby both of Laval and Denzel Lina of Blainville, are all 19 years old. They appeared by video appearance.

They are accused of breaking and entering residences, committing robbery, possessing a prohibited weapon and carrying a weapon for a dangerous purpose. Two of the three men arrested yesterday were already detained in a provincial institution located in Montreal and the third also remains detained following his appearance in this case.

At this very moment, the investigation is continuing. More arrests may follow.

Return to the facts

Last fall, breeders from several regions of Quebec reported to their police department that they had been victims of a theft of puppies.

The vast majority of reports had similarities. The puppies, mostly French Bulldogs, had all been posted on classifieds websites. Several of the suspects showed up at the address where the puppies were and used force and sometimes even prohibited weapons like cayenne pepper to flee with the puppies.

At the end in October 2021, an 18-year-old man from Laval was arrested in the act in Thurso in the MRC of Papineau. Following this arrest, Sûreté du Québec (SQ) investigators from across the province worked together to link files and submit them to the Director of Criminal and Penal Prosecutions, who issued executed arrest warrants. yesterday.

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