A man has been charged in connection with four armed robberies in Montreal this week.
Montreal police credit alert patrol officers with spotting the suspect and making an arrest on Thursday following armed holdups at two banks on Tuesday and a bank robbery and jewelry store robbery on Wednesday.
The bank heists were committed alone, while the jewelry store robbery involved an accomplice, police said in a press release issued early Saturday.
The suspect used a government vehicle stolen earlier this month in Port-Cartier in northern Quebec, police added.
Police say patrol officers from Station 22 east of downtown spotted the stolen vehicle in their sector overnight between Wednesday and Thursday.
A short time later, patrol officers from Station 21 spotted the suspect near their Berri St. station and arrested him.
Éric Lefebvre, 51, was arraigned at the Montreal courthouse on Friday on charges of robbery, possession of stolen goods and being at large without lawful excuse.
The accomplice remained at large as of Saturday afternoon.