'Dark Knight'-style robbery targets armoured car

Gunmen wearing Halloween masks stole $431,000 from an armoured Garda truck in Montreal on Thursday...

Gunmen wearing Halloween masks stole $431,000 from an armoured Garda truck in Montreal on Thursday evening. (PASCAL GIRARD/QMI Agency)

QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 1:34 PM ET

In a heist reminiscent of the opening scene of the Hollywood blockbuster The Dark Knight, gunmen wearing Halloween masks stole $431,000 from an armoured Garda truck on Montreal's south shore on Thursday evening.

Two men used pepper spray to subdue the guards, who were parked in front of a Royal Bank branch in Brossard.

"The guards saw only two people," Capt. Sylvain Stringer of the Longueuil Police said.

Richard Dupuis, a former major crimes commander for the Montreal police, told QMI Agency that this was a risky operation conducted by a well organized and prepared criminal organization.

"This took a lot of preparation," Dupuis said. "They were ready to confront armed guards. They needed surveillance, and the needed to have accomplices. They had to be armed, and be prepared to use their weapons.

Ghyslain Vallieres, spokesman for the Longueuil Police, said they have no description for the suspects.

"Their faces were covered, and the assault happened very quickly."


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