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Coquitlam suspect tried — and failed — to rob cash three times in one hour

Police are seeking a man's identity from the October 2021 incidents.

A man is sought by Coquitlam Mounties for a series of attempted robberies in one night from last fall.

Within an hour's span, the suspect was unsuccessful on each try after approaching and demanding money from one victim and two businesses.

All three reports took place the night of Oct. 20, 2021, but all efforts since then have come up short.

RCMP spokesperson Const. John Graham tells the Tri-City News the information is being relayed to the public once more in hopes of identifying the man in question.

"I was working on the night of this robbery whereupon a number of uniformed police conducted extensive patrols, but unfortunately did not locate this male suspect," he says.

"The Coquitlam RCMP Robbery Unit continues to actively investigate this file."

Between 9 and 9:15 p.m. that evening, police received reports of a male suspect tried to rob someone at the Coquitlam CIBC [Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce] at 3000 Lincoln Ave.

With a "blunt object" in hand, he approached and demanded cash from a victim that left the ATM, who then led him to their vehicle and chased him away with a hammer.

At 9:30 p.m., the same suspect was reported after he tried to rob a local tea house with a pocketknife.

RCMP say the man demanded $400 from Pearl Fever (320-3025 Lougheed Hwy.), but was told there was no cash in the register.

Not long after, in a third attempt, the suspect specifically asked for $200 from Coquitlam's White Spot restaurant (500-3025 Lougheed Hwy.), but also told there was no money.

RCMP and Metro Vancouver Crime Stoppers are asking the public to come forward with any tips that might be helpful as an arrest and charges could qualify someone for a reward of up to $5,000.

The suspect is described as:

  • White
  • In his 20s or 30s
  • Between 5'8" and 5'10"
  • Short black hair
  • Broad shoulders
  • Well-kept/groomed
  • Deep rough voice 

Anyone with more information is encouraged to call Coquitlam RCMP at 604-945-1550 and quote file-number 2021-29198, anonymously contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 or go online to