Several people robbed an armoured car overnight in St. Lazare, while several other cars were set on fire nearby, around the same time.

Around 11 p.m. on Dec. 12, police were called to the National Bank on Ste. Angelique Rd. where they found two security employees who had been tied up.

The employees, who worked for the G4S security company, had been attacked and subdued while transferring money.

The two robbers made off with an undisclosed amount of cash.

"We're talking about two men, 5'10" 5'11". These men were wearing dark clothes and were wearing masks, and they fled in a vehicle. For the moment that's the only description we have of the suspects," said Ingrid Asselin of the Surete du Quebec.

The guards were not seriously hurt, and met with police investigators overnight to describe what happened.

Meanwhile, police were called to attend to another nearby incident, in which three cars were set on fire.

Arson investigators went to the location on St. Louis Rd. after firefighters had put out the flames.

The cars were heavily damaged.

Several people are speculating that the car fires were used as a distraction by the people robbing the armoured car, but at this point the Surete du Quebec is hesitating to draw any link between the two events.

The incidents, however, have left many in the neighborhood puzzled.

β€œIt's weird because nothing happens here in St. Lazare,” said one resident. β€œIt's horse country, what can I say? That's pretty much what it is. It's not Montreal.”