Quebecer charged with robbery at Birks jewelry store in Saskatoon in 2014

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On February 1, 2014, four men broke into Birks on Third Avenue South, wielding crowbars and causing extensive damage to the business before stealing a large amount of jewelry.

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More than seven years after an armed robbery at a jewelry store in Saskatoon, a 37-year-old Quebecer has been charged in connection with the incident.

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At approximately 10 a.m. on February 1, 2014, four men broke into Birks on Third Avenue South, brandishing crowbars and causing extensive damage to the business before stealing a large amount of jewelry.

In a subsequent trial for one of the accused, the court heard that it took just over a minute for the men to steal $ 500,000 in merchandise and cause $ 200,000 in damage to the store. before escaping in a 1998 Dodge Caravan. The vehicle was later found on fire near Osler Street and Bottomley Avenue.

Canada-wide warrants were issued and three men were subsequently arrested, police said. Two men were found guilty in connection with the incident, while charges against a third were stayed.

Saskatoon police said Friday the fourth suspect was located earlier this week by Montreal police and returned to Saskatoon.

Pierre Hernandez, 37, faces charges of robbery, conspiracy to commit arson, breach of probation and having his face covered with intent to commit an indictable offense. He was scheduled to appear in Saskatoon provincial court on Friday.

Police say investigators believe a fifth person was involved but could not identify the person.

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