Dépanneur thief in Rawdon crashed getaway car, caught red-handed with stolen beer, police say

A 34-year-old man is set to appear in court in Joliette to face charges of impaired driving and theft under $5,000, after someone robbed a case of beer from a convenience store, then crashed his getaway car and fled with the beer, leaving the vehicle in flames.

According to Sûreté du Québec Sgt. Marc Tessier, police received a call at around 7 p.m. Monday about the beer theft in Rawdon, 100 kilometres north of Montreal.

The suspect took off, and about an hour later, police received a second call, this time about a car on fire on Highway 25, near Saint-Roch-de-l'Achigan, about 30 kilometres south of Rawdon.

When police arrived on the scene, they found no one in the burning car, but the vehicle's description matched that of the getaway car used in the alleged beer theft.

The SQ enlisted the help of RCMP officers, who tracked down the missing driver.

"The man was walking, [and he] had the same description of the person who did the alleged robbery," said Tessier.

"When the officers located the driver, he was still in possession of the beer that was stolen just before in that convenience store."

The 34-year-old man was arrested and failed a breathalyzer test.