Burnaby RCMP arrest prolific bank robber

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Burnaby RCMP have arrested a prolific offender in connection with six bank robberies allegedly committed in the nine days after he was released from prison.

The 38-year-old man had been serving a five-year sentence for a similar series of charges. He was arrested without incident on July 15 in Coquitlam and remains in custody awaiting his first court appearance.

Burnaby RCMP say they believe the man entered a bank in the 7100-block of Kingsway in Burnaby on July 5. He approached the teller, saying he had a gun and demanded money.

Police allege this happened five more times at financial institutions in Burnaby, Vancouver and North Vancouver over the nine days. Of the six robberies, four took place in Burnaby.

The investigation was a high priority, led by Burnaby RCMP's Strike Force and including the help of Vancouver police, North Vancouver RCMP, integrated support services, and security staff from the banks involved, said Burnaby RCMP Insp. Bob Page.

Additional security measures were taken to help deter more such robberies.

“Understandably, the financial institutions were extremely concerned and they were very anxious that we catch him as soon as possible and we’re pleased he’s been taken off the streets,” Page said.


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