SURREY — Burnaby man Tyler Ripolo has been arrested and is facing 25 criminal charges related to convenience store robberies in Surrey and his home town.
Meantime, police are also for robbery suspect Stephen Cooper.
Ripolo, 32, is charged with seven counts of robbery, six counts of disguise with intent to commit an offense, three charges of possession of a weapon dangerous to the public peace, two counts of using an imitation firearm, three counts of possession of stolen property, two counts of break and enter, and two counts of dangerous operation of a motor vehicle. Ten of the charges are related to two Burnaby robberies and the other 15 from Surrey.
During fall 2014 several Surrey convenience stores were hit by robbers for cigarettes and lottery tickets in particular.
“The thieves robbed store clerks, sometimes even driving vehicles through the front doors of businesses,” Surrey RCMP Cpl. Scotty Schumann said. “The suspects were usually disguised and had weapons.”
Several similar robberies were committed in Surrey and Burnaby this past November.
Ripolo is in custody but the Surrey RCMP is still looking for Cooper, 33, on two robbery warrants, three for break and enter, two warrants for disguise to commit an offence, two counts of possession of a prohibited weapon, six for possession of break and enter tools, two for possession of stolen property, and driving while suspended.
Cooper is white, medium built and has blue eyes and short brown hair. He is five feet nine inches tall, 150 pounds and has the words “Life” and “Death” tattooed on his neck. Police consider him to be dangerous, and ask anyone who spots him to call 911 immediately.