Suspects in Montreal-area armoured-car heists to spend holidays behind bars

MONTREAL -- The five men arrested in connection with a series of violent armoured-car robberies will be spending the holiday season in jail.

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Walter Butt, 54, Paul Thomas Bryntwick, 64, David Stachula, 47, Serge Fournier, 64, and Gary Marsden, 63, appeared in a Montreal courtroom today, roughly 24 hours after their arrests.

Butt lives in Cumberland, Ont., Bryntwick resides in Mississauga, Ont., while the three others live in Quebec.

Police say the men broke into armoured cars or robbed the vehicles' guards five times between 2011 and 2015 and once in 1999, all in the Montreal area.

All five were denied bail and are scheduled to return to court Jan. 6.

They face various charges including armed robbery, conspiracy, kidnapping, possession of stolen goods and break and enter.

Police allege each robbery was conducted by two or three of the five suspects who allegedly ambushed guards as they were exiting banks with sacks of money.

Butt faces the most charges, with 39, as police allege he was present for all of the robberies for which the men were arrested.



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