Montreal fugitive who cut his tracking bracelet arrested in France

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MONTREAL – Montreal police say a fugitive who fled the country in March after cutting his safety bracelet was arrested in France. Vukasin Popovic was arrested by French police on June 23, the Montreal City Police Department (SPVM) announced on Monday.

Popovic – who, along with two alleged conspirators, was arrested in February for theft of cryptocurrency worth more than $ 3 million – will first be transferred to Italy, where he also faces criminal charges, after what the authorities will ask for his extradition to Canada.

In addition to the initial charges against him, Popovic will now also be charged with violating the terms of his release, including wearing a GPS tracking bracelet while awaiting trial.

Police said he cut his bracelet on March 21 and fled first to the United States, then to Romania, before traveling to France.

Popovic has been behind bars in Paris since June 24 awaiting his next hearing, police said.

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