New Westminster man, 50, sentenced for robberies in New Westminster, Coquitlam, and Burnaby

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      A man arrested for a crime spree in several Metro Vancouver municipalities in late 2018 and early 2019 has been sentenced to prison.

      The New Westminster Police Department (NWPD) stated that between December 5, 2018, and January 7, 2019, robberies took place at four small businesses in New Westminster, Coquitlam, and Burnaby.

      A suspect entered these businesses with his face covered and demanded money while holding what appeared to be a firearm.

      After an investigation that involved the NWPD, Coquitlam RCMP, and Burnaby RCMP, New Westminster police arrested 50-year-old Warren David Bonsell of New Westminster at his residence on January 29, 2019.

      He faced numerous charges, including:

      • in New Westminster: one count each of robbery, committing an indictable offence with face masked, using an imitation firearm while committing a robbery; and two counts of uttering threats to cause death or bodily harm;
      • in Burnaby: one count each of robbery, committing an indictable offence with face masked, andusing an imitation firearm while committing a robbery;
      • in Coquitlam: one count of uttering threats to cause death or bodily harm; and two counts each of robbery, committing an indictable offence with face masked, using an imitation firearm while committing a robbery.

      Bonsell has been convicted in court of two counts of robbery and one count of the use of an imitation firearm while committing an offence.

      He received a jail sentence of two years and nine months for each of the two robbery counts and one year for the imitation firearm count. He received a lifetime firearms prohibition and remains in the custody of B.C. Corrections.

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