The 'Surgical Mask Bandit' was nicknamed for the disguise worn while committing a dozen robberies in the spring of 2013. Travis Jensen-Pickford is being sentenced today after pleading guilty to 12 counts of robbery.

‘Surgical mask bandit’ given 5 years

Travis Jensen-Pickford pleaded guilty to robbing 12 people at ATMs in White Rock, Surrey and Delta

The so-called “surgical mask bandit” has been sentenced to five years, and will spend another three years in jail when time served is taken into account.

Travis Jensen-Pickford robbed 12 people at ATM bank machines in a four-week spree during May and June in 2013.

He was dubbed by police as the “surgical mask bandit” for his unique face covering. He also used a fake pistol during the robberies.

In his sentencing, Judge Peder Gulbransen said some victims weren’t taken by the imitation weapon, but some were severely traumatized by the robberies.

In a victim impact statement, one woman wrote she felt “terrorized” after being robbed by a man in a surgical mask at a White Rock bank machine more than two years ago. Another woman  wrote that she refuses to go to an ATM any more, and has since switched banks.

The statements were read Thursday in Surrey Provincial Court, where Jensen-Pickford, now 25, was being sentenced for 12 counts of robbery and one count of carrying out the offences with a fake gun.

He stood in the prisoner’s box Thursday as he listened to Crown prosecutor Jennifer Lopes detail his crimes before Judge Peder Gulbransen.

Lopes listed how Jensen-Pickford followed people into ATM areas at banks and demanded money, usually between $40 to $500.

Some of the robberies were unsuccessful.

In one instance, a man saw he had a fake weapon, grabbed it and punched Jensen-Pickford in the head. The robber fled.

In another case, a woman saw it was a toy gun and she ran. The accused ran the other way.

Lopes said the crimes were aggravated by their violent nature, the effect on individuals and the community, his use of a disguise and the fact there were 12 robberies.

She said mitigating factors included the fact he pleaded guilty, showed remorse, was addicted to drugs and it was a relatively short crime spree. Lopes recommended a jail sentence of five to six years.

Jensen-Pickford’s lawyer, Justin Myers, argued his client should be considered unique to those cases presented by Lopes as in most of her cases, the accused had prior convictions which Jensen-Pickford has not.

He also said his client was doing quite well and getting treatment and taking courses in prison. He also said there were contributing factors to the crimes, including the loss of Jensen-Pickford’s girlfriend – the mother of his child.

Myers said the punishment has already been increased as he  lost his mother, whose funeral he was unable to attend while he was incarcerated. Jensen-Pickford wiped his eyes while listening to that account.

Myers asked the judge to consider three years.

Jensen-Pickford has already served 261 days in jail, and with time and a half credit, it will likely take 13 months off of his time left to serve.

Gulbransen agreed with many of the aggravating and mitigating factors surrounding the crime, but said they weren’t enough to cause someone to act out so violently.

The judge felt Jensen-Pickford could still present a danger to the public.

In giving him the five year sentence – four for the robberies and one for the use of an imitation weapon – he reduced his remaining time served by 13 months.

 

Just Posted

Surrey wants BNSF to slow Crescent trains

Mayor Linda Hepner said ‘it’s the least we can do’

Rail-safety forum planned for White Rock this Friday

Event to include municipal, federal, provincial governments

White Rock open house to discuss city’s aquifer protection plan

Examination of potential hazards includes increased population, climate change

‘Connecting Threads’ and more in Surrey Art Gallery’s fall shows

Free admission at opening reception and panel discussion Sunday afternoon

SFU unveils new lab at Surrey Memorial Hospital

Combination of MRI, MEG allows for ‘best possible windows’ intro brain function

B.C. RCMP turn to Const. Scarecrow to shock speeders into slowing down

New addition will watch over drivers from a Coquitlam median for first-of-its-kind pilot in Canada

B.C. home to 1/3 of Canada’s overdose deaths in first 3 months of the year

There were 1,036 overdose deaths in the first three months of the year, with 94 per cent accidental

B.C. candidate moves from hospice care to council race

He beat terminal cancer twice and entered hospice when he decided to run for council.

Canadian tobacco exec pushes back against vaping health concerns

A warning from Interior Health about the unknown health risks of vaping is getting a partial rebuke

New ‘meowyoral’ race featuring felines announced by B.C. animal shelter

Organizers hope the cat election will generate attention for shelter and local municipal election

Ministry of Agriculture commits $300,000 to help B.C. farmers obtain land

B.C. Land Matching Program supports access to affordable farmland for young farmers

Canadian air force short 275 pilots

Attrition outpaces recruitment and training claims Air Force

Teacher suspended after physically shushing, saying ‘shut up’ to student

Grade 5 student reported feeling ‘confused and a little scared’

Most Read