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Man charged in connection with Port Coquitlam fast food restaurant robberies

Coquitlam RCMP credit joint investigation with Ridge Meadows RCMP and the Real Time Intelligence Centre for getting charges approved
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Charges have been laid against a 36-year-old Maple Ridge resident after a joint investigation into a string of fast food restaurant robberies in Port Coquitlam.

Coquitlam RCMP responded to robberies in two PoCo restaurants on June 13 and June 16.

Members of the Coquitlam RCMP Investigational Support Team (IST) took on the case and linked the suspect to a similar robbery series in a neighbouring suburb, according to a press release.

At the time, Ridge Meadows RCMP were investigating three robberies that took place in Maple Ridge on June 15, 17 and June 18.

On June 21, the Ridge Meadows RCMP issued a media release saying they had caught a Maple Ridge man using video surveillance to identify him.

With the assistance of Ridge Meadows RCMP and the RCMP's Real Time Intelligence Centre, Coquitlam Mounties identified 36-year-old Carlos Almeida.

On Sept. 23,  Almeida was charged with two counts of robbery.

“With the help of inter-agency information sharing, Coquitlam RCMP was able to identify and pursue charges against a prolific offender,” stated Cpl. Alexa Hodgins of Coquitlam RCMP in the press release.

“We appreciate the assistance and cooperation of our policing partners in Ridge Meadows and Real Time Intelligence Centre – British Columbia (RTIC-BC), for helping advance these robbery investigations for charge approval.”