Police News – counterfeit money in Magog area
On April 21st, the Regie de police Memphremagog (RPM) was called when a man tried to pass a fake Canadian $100 bill at the SAQ on Principale Ouest, in Magog. The roughly 45 year-old man wore a black vest, a checked shirt, jeans, sunglasses and black shoes and spoke French. He left with his fake money before buying anything and had other bills in his possession. The RPM wants local businesses to be on the look-out for fake Canadian money.
On April 22nd, the RPM received a complaint about suspect phone-calls received by citizens. The people are asked to meet the caller and show them their electricity bills, possibly to get a refund, and are asked other questions like if they live alone. These types of phone-calls are dangerous and anyone who receives one is asked to contact the police immediately, and press *57 after the phone-call to get the person’s number.
Also on April 22nd, around 7:15 pm, the RPM stopped a vehicle on the Ayer’s Cliff Road in Ste- Catherine-de-Hatley for a routine check. The officers noticed a strong cannabis smell coming from the vehicle and the man was arrested. The police found only a few grams of hashish in his possession but the 51 year-old man had no identification papers. The suspect suggested going to his home to get the documents, which he did, accompanied by the police. Once there, the officers noticed a strong odor of cannabis, something they were getting used to, and a second man, 41 years old, was arrested. The police then got a search warrant which led to the seizure of about forty cannabis plants a little over a meter high each, hashish, $1,100 in cash and the equipment to produce cannabis. The two suspects were freed and will await criminal proceedings.
On April 24th around 9:30 pm, an alarm brought the police to Fisette Street, in Magog, where they found a broken window and traces of blood leading to the garage where two bicycles were missing. Two individuals were arrested about 100 meters
away with the bicycles. A 30 year-old man and a 19 year-old woman, both from Montreal, were arrested for breaking and entering and theft. They were released with a promise to appear in court. Later that night, around 2:25 am, the same suspect was surprised when he tried to steal a cash register in a restaurant on Sherbrooke Street, in Magog. After his arrest, the police discovered that he had stolen things in several Magog depanneurs. The young woman with him was working for him as an escort and accusations of pimping will be made when the man appears in court.
Sometime between 4:30 pm on Monday and 6:30 am on Tuesday, there was a huge robbery on the construction site of Hydro Magog at 2023 RenePatnaude. An employee discovered the theft on Tuesday morning when he arrived at the construction site. More than forty construction workers had their tools stolen, valued at thousands of dollars. Most of the tools stolen were manual tools rather than electric tools, which were left in place. The area had been locked up with panels needing a special tool to open and the toolboxes were locked. The thief or thieves must have been familiar with the site and known what type of tool they needed to access the equipment. Anyone with information can call the RPM investigator at 819 843-3334.