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MONTREAL FIREFIGHTERS CALLED OUT their arson investigators at 11:40 pm Wednesday night when they found out that the fire they were working was another commercial arson.
A fire that erupted in a minivan parked adjacent to a two-storey commercial building in Saint-Léonard late Wednesday was clearly planned, Constable Anthony Cantelmi of Montreal police said Thursday morning. Investigators have begun to probe this latest in a rash of north-end arson cases. The torched auto-body shop is located at 8410 Creusot St., just north of the Metropolitan Expressway near Langelier Blvd.
The commercial building, which housed an auto-body shop and a second business, was extensively damaged.
Two other vehicles were also destroyed.
The speed in which the fire spread from the vehicle into the building is further evidence of arson, Constable Cantelmi added.
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IN A RELATED STORY IT WAS reported that a member of an organized crime gang has had his parole revoked because he is a suspect in three arsons that have been committed between November and April. The Montreal Gazette tells us:
Jean Sigman, 59, a resident of Nuns’ Island when he was arrested in 2004 as part of an RCMP investigation dubbed Project Calvette, was sentenced on March 30, 2005, to serve seven years and 10 months on top of the six months he spent behind bars awaiting the outcome of his case.
He was charged, along with two dozen other people, with being part of a network that smuggled cocaine into Canada and distributed it in Quebec and Ontario. The network was run by Raymond Desfossés, 61, considered by police to be one of the biggest drug traffickers in Quebec before he, too, was arrested in 2004.
While the RCMP investigated Sigman in Project Calvette, he was considered to be one of the heads of a group the RCMP referred as the Desfossés clan. Sigman was in charge of the network’s drug trafficking in Timmins, Ont., and reported directly to Desfossés. His criminal record includes a 10-year sentence received in 1987 for smuggling cocaine into Canada for a Colombian cartel.
According to a written summary of the parole board’s decision to revoke the release, Correctional Service Canada was informed by police in April that Sigman is a suspect in three fires set in unoccupied buildings as part of alleged insurance scams for a man referred to in the summary only as the owner of the buildings.
Read the full STORY HERE.
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