Sgt. Audrey-Anne Bilodeau of the SQ said the suspect crashed the vehicle through the glass of a mall entrance, drove through the shopping centre and then exited by crashing through a second set of doors.
The suspect then got out of the SUV and fled on foot.
The incident happened around 5:45 a.m. Saturday in what is normally a busy shopping district of Joliette, on Firestone Boulevard.
Investigators with the provincial police are examining two crime scenes.
The mall will open as scheduled on Saturday.