Police nab Kazabazua, Quebec smash-and-dash thief

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by Mark Burgess on August 5, 2010

Kaz Esso station Manager Sylvain Ouellette estimates about $10,000 in damage was done to his building–all for a carton of cigarettes and a bottle of wine. Photo by Mark Burgess of the Low Down

Kaz Esso station Manager Sylvain Ouellette estimates about $10,000 in damage was done to his building

He was parked in the lot of Kazabazua Quebec’s Esso station for about half an hour, building up nerve or listening to angels and devils or taking crazy pills.

Then, just before 11 p.m. on July 27, the driver of the stolen pick-up truck stepped on the accelerator, rammed his vehicle into the side of the shop, reversed and repeated the manoeuvre. He then exited his truck, climbed through the hole in the building he had created, grabbed a carton of cigarettes and a bottle of wine, and drove away into the night.

Louis-Dominic Kuirouette, 27, didn’t get very far. Surete du Quebec officers apprehended him that night and the Ottawa man has been connected to 11 other criminal files. He was arraigned in Hull court July 30 and faces several charges of breaking and entering and possession of stolen goods.

“It’s a very, very good case,” SQ Sgt. Steve Lee Lalonde said, crediting officers with a quick reaction for the arrest.

He said the 11 other files are mostly breaking and entering cases from the last couple of months in the Gatineau Valley area.

“That doesn’t mean it’s not going to turn into other files with other police departments. Now everybody’s talking to each other,” he said.

Lalonde said Kuirouette break-in technique – ramming a stolen vehicle into a building in order to enter it – is not at all uncommon and is used most often in thefts of ATM machines.

“He was a very simple man,” store manager Sylvain Ouellette, referring to the thief after appraising the stolen goods.

Ouellette lives in the house attached to the Esso store, so he felt the crash, twice, from his bedroom where he was sleeping.

“It’s just material. Nobody got hurt, thank god,” he said.

The destructive robbery method did cause what Ouellette estimated to be about $10,000 of damage to the store, however.

Drops of blood in the mess on the station floor suggested Kuirouette appeared to have cut himself climbing through the broken window.