67-year-old robber arrested for stealing $200,000 from currency exchange

The man who allegedly robbed a downtown Montreal exchange office 10 days ago and who allegedly managed to steal nearly $200,000 was caught by the police.

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Nelson Béland, 67, appeared at the Montreal courthouse on charges of robbery and possession of a weapon for a dangerous purpose.

The suspect was arrested at his home not far from Mirabel only 48 hours after the crime committed on April 3.

A search of his residence recovered about 75 percent of the stolen money, authorities said.

The crime alleged against Nelson Béland took place in the morning in a currency exchange office located near the intersection of Peel and Sainte-Catherine streets West.

Armed with a pistol, Béland would have surprised the store clerk who had just unlocked the front door. He then allegedly went inside, ordering the employee to deactivate the alarm system and open the safe.

After seizing the loot approaching $200,000 in various currencies, the suspect allegedly ordered the employee to lie on the ground and count to 100 while he fled.

Nelson Béland has a heavy criminal history. He had notably been pinned in 2012 for armed robberies committed in the space of only two months in a business and in a bank in Lacolle, in Montérégie.


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