An Ottawa man has been arrested and charged after someone broke into municipal, provincial and federal government buildings in Gatineau's downtown Hull district and stole laptop computers.

As of Wednesday, Clinton Yvon Raymond Renaud, 34, remained in custody, charged with one count of breaking and entering after his arrest on Dec. 8. Gatineau police said he was expected to face a total of 13 other counts of breaking and entering and theft at his court appearance on Jan. 14.

The charges are in relation to a series of burglaries in October and November at:

  • Gatineau City Hall.
  • 17 Laurier St. (provincial courthouse).
  • 200 Promenade du Portage (federal government building).
  • 10 Wellington St. (federal government building).
  • 50 Maisonneuve Blvd. (municipal congress centre).

Police said someone stole the laptops after entering the buildings when they were open to the public and forcing open the doors of offices. As of Wednesday, police could not confirm how many laptops were missing, said Gatineau police spokeswoman Isabelle Poirier.

Police said they received many tips after releasing surveillance camera images of a suspect in November.