Numerous police agencies from across the Lower Mainland joined forces in an effort to stop two armed robbers on a crime spree across Metro Vancouver and the Fraser Valley that has been ongoing since last month.
Starting on December 9, a series of armed robberies began in Vancouver, and continued in multiple municipalities at an average rate of four robberies per week, including two in Surrey, three in Langley, two in Maple Ridge, six in Abbotsford, two in Chilliwack, and one in Vancouver.
In all of these incidents, two masked men entered premises with firearms, one of them carrying a long gun and the other with a handgun.
The robberies took place at liquor stores, gas stations, convenience stores, and financial institutions.
Investigators from RCMP detachments and municipal police forces found that the suspects had similar descriptions and displayed similar methods for these robberies.
These police agencies shared information and resources to identify two suspects, according to Abbotsford Police Department Chief Mike Serr.
Langley RCMP coordinated efforts involving the Abbotsford Police Department, Ridge Meadows RCMP, Chilliwack RCMP, Surrey RCMP, the Vancouver Police Department, and the Lower Mainland Emergency Response Team.
The two male suspects were kept under surveillance. As they were attempting to allegedly commit their 16th robbery, police—with the assistance of the Integrated Police Dog Service—arrested them in Abbotsford on the night of January 11.