August 22, 2014 2:55 pm

$431,000 stolen in armoured truck robbery near Montreal

BROSSARD, Que. – Nearly half a million dollars has been stolen in an armoured truck robbery in Montreal’s south shore suburb of Brossard.

Police say two men wearing Halloween masks attacked two employees of the Garda security firm at a Royal Bank branch at Place Portobello on Taschereau street at about 11 p.m.

“They were both armed and they both threatened the victims with guns,” said Ghislain Vallieres, a spokesperson for the Longueuil police.

Place Portobello in Brossard.

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The suspects – who police describe as burly, French-speaking men – pepper sprayed the two guards before grabbing their guns and making off with $431,000.

No gun shots were fired.

A few hours after the incident, officers seized a grey Dodge Grand Caravan minivan at the city hall parking lot.

“It was pretty near from Place Portobello,” said Vallieres.

“Also, it was found just a few moments after the crime had been committed.”

They have not yet confirmed if it was the getaway vehicle.

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Guy Vaillancourt, Garda Security’s union representative told Global News that, despite the fact that there are fewer armed robberies, thieves seem to be more brazen in their attacks.

Now, he’as asking for all Garda vehicles to have three guards instead of two.

The two Garda employees were take to hospital and treated for shock and pepper-spray related injuries.

“Considering the fact that they had been pointed at with guns, they’re in pretty good shape,” said Vallieres.

“They have been released from hospital.”

Police are still searching for the suspects.

This is the second armed robbery in Montreal’s south shore this year.

The first was in Longueuil back in February.

*with files from The Canadian Press

© Shaw Media, 2014

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