04/01/2013 15:58 EDT | Updated 06/01/2013 05:12 EDT

Three men arrested in string of dépanneur robberies

Three men were arrested and are expected to appear at the St-Jérôme courthouse today for a string of at least 25 dépanneur robberies.

The men were arrested by Montreal police on March 28 shortly after they allegedly robbed a Couche-Tard on Chemin Ste-Marie in Kirkland.

They were found carrying stolen money, lottery tickets, cigarettes and tobacco.

They’re suspected of having been involved in at least 25 armed robberies that took place in areas across the island of Montreal and the north and south shores between Oct. 2012 and last week.

Sgt. Benoît Richard of the Sûreté du Québec said the robberies took place in municipalities in the greater Montreal area including Rigaud, Laval, Blainville, St-Eustache, Terrebonne, Valleyfield and Les Coteaux.

In a couple of circumstances, he said dépanneur employees were allegedly assaulted by the suspects.

The SQ has taken over the investigation, which is ongoing.

The men may face additional charges.