Man wanted in string of Montreal home invasions arrested in Atlanta

A 47-year-old man thought to be responsible for a series of recent break-ins on the island of Montreal, as well as in Sherbrooke and Ottawa, was arrested by officers from the U.S. Marshals Service in Atlanta last week.

Montreal police say Hamid Chekakri was wanted in a rash of break-ins beginning in December 2017. They say his MO was always the same: he would show up at the homes of elderly people looking to sell their homes, saying he was interested in buying. He's also come with a box of chocolates as a gift — but the chocolates would be drugged. As the suspect and victim would be having a discussion about the house for sale, he would persuade the victim to eat some of the chocolates, suggesting it was customary. The suspect would then proceed to rob the house — making off with cash, jewelry and electronic devices.

In late December, police said a man in his late 40s driving a white Jeep Grand Cherokee had targeted and robbed women selling their homes in similar fashion in Dorval, Pointe-aux-Trembles, and in Riviere-des-Prairies.

Police believe Chekakri struck at least six times in Montreal and in Ottawa, and may have victimized, or tried to victimize, more people.

Chekakri is about five feet eight inches tall, with a medium build, and speaks accented French and English. While he struck, he wore glasses, a large silver watch on his left wrist, a black tuque and a black coat.

Police are calling on anyone who may have come in contact with Chekakri to call 9-1-1, or visit their local police station to make a formal complaint.

Chekakri remains detained in the U.S. while extradition proceedings go on.