Suspected Communauto battery thieves arrested in Hochelaga

Two suspects have been arrested following more than 100 Communauto car battery thefts.

Man, 27, and woman, 24, arrested near Communauto lot at Ontario Street and Valois Avenue

More than 100 car batteries were stolen from Communauto's cars, said Montreal police.

Two suspects have been arrested following a wave of Communauto car battery thefts in Montreal.

Communauto is a car-sharing service with a fleet of about 1,000 in Montreal. More than 100 batteries were stolen from parked cars in recent weeks.

The suspects, a 27-year-old man and a 24-year-old woman, were picked up by police late Sunday night in Hochelaga-Maisonneuve after police received a 911 call.

The suspects tried to flee on foot but were quickly intercepted near the corner of Ontario Street and Valois Avenue by police — right next to a Communauto lot.

The man appeared in court on Tuesday to face six charges including car theft, possession of stolen materials, conspiracy and theft under $5,000. 

The man will remain detained until his court date. The woman, who is also facing charges, was released with the promise to appear.