A 29-year-old Surrey man has been given three years in jail for a series of holdups at businesses in White Rock, South Surrey and Langley.
Clayton James Norris was sentenced after he pleaded guilty during a July 10 Surrey Provincial Court appearance to eight counts of robbery.
The counts included armed thefts from three Booster Juice stores in South Surrey and Langley as well as the non-profit Small Ritual Coffee shop in White Rock.
Security footage from the holdup at the Langley Booster Juice showed Norris – wearing a hoodie and a single glove – threatening a store cashier with a knife.
He was wearing sunglasses and a baseball hat with “Police” embroidered on the front.
The incident was one of three robberies at the chain of juice bars:
On June 3, the Booster Juice outlet at 15161 Hwy. 10 in South Surrey was robbed at 7:30 p.m. by a man with a knife; on June 7, the outlet at 15355 24 Ave. was robbed around 2:30 p.m.; and on June 11, the Langley location, at 20159 88 Ave. was robbed around 5:15 p.m.
On June 12, around 8 p.m., Norris entered the Small Ritual coffee shop in the 1200-block of Johnston Rd and produced a knife.
He took cash from the till, as well as money collected for a local cancer society fundraising effort.
Langley RCMP said Norris was arrested as a result of a conversation between a Langley store owner who had just been robbed and a passerby.
“We’d like to convey our appreciation and thanks to the two civilians who provided key information to police, which assisted us in making an arrest,” Sgt. Ravinder Pawar said shortly after the arrest was announced last month.
“We just needed the last piece of the puzzle from the public in order to gather evidence to support robbery charges.”
The tip came in June 19. And on June 21, the Surrey RCMP’s Strike Force Target Team in collaboration with Langley RCMP arrested Norris.
“Since the start of this investigation both detachments have been working together sharing information and resources,” Surrey RCMP Sgt. Drew Grainger said.
As well as a jail term, Norris was handed a lifetime firearms prohibition.