Surrey RCMP investigating a rash of gas station and convenience-store robberies are asking for the public's help in identifying this person.

‘These people will not stop until they’re caught’

Surrey RCMP are appealing for help identifying suspects in a recent rash of robberies

A rash of gas station and convenience-store robberies throughout Surrey – including South Surrey – since Sept. 24 is prompting police to ask for the public’s help to identify suspects before the crimes can escalate into potentially violent situations.

“It’s only a matter of time before we’re dealing with a larger crime instead of a theft,” Surrey RCMP Cpl. Bert Paquet warned Thursday.

Paquet noted the robberies – which have struck most areas of the city – have typically taken place in the 3-6 a.m. time period and the robbers have primarily focused on cigarettes and other tobacco products.

Similarity of the crimes leads police to believe the same two people are responsible for all of them – in the majority of cases, the robbers have backed a stolen Dodge Caravan into the businesses’ locked front doors to break them open.

A media release describes the suspects as five-foot-nine to six-foot-two white males weighing 180 to 200 lbs.

Paquet said that while no store employees have been harmed thus far, physical intimidation and threats of violence have been used – and in one instance one of the robbers brandished a knife.

“These are property crimes right now and nobody has been hurt,” Paquet said. “But these people will not stop until they’re caught. We’re trying to do that before someone gets hurt.”

Paquet said that while the thieves have sometimes helped themselves to other items including lottery tickets, “we believe tobacco products are the motivation behind the robberies.”

And that, in itself, gives additional hope of catching up with the suspects, he added – as well as forensic and surveillance evidence and witness descriptions police have already gathered.

“We’re sure that there is someone out there with information who has not spoken with us yet,” he said.

“Based on the quantity of cigarettes being taken, we believe they’re being sold to an unidentified commercial buyer who is reselling them,” Paquet said.

“We need to hear from anyone who knows about this illegal trade. It’s possible that someone does not know about the high risks involved in these robberies.”

Anyone with information is asked to contact the Surrey RCMP at 604-599-0502 or, to remain anonymous, Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 or online at www.solvecrime.ca

 

 

Surrey North Delta Leader

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Claiming she has COVID-19, stranger coughs in Cloverdale woman’s face

Clayton Heights woman will now self-isolate for the next two weeks

Quarantined Surrey mom say pandemic has put special-needs families in ‘crisis mode’

Cloverdale’s Christine Williams shares her family’s challenges, strengths

Police watchdog finds cops blameless for deaths in 2019 Surrey hostage-taking

Woman was killed as ERT officers fired on man holding a knife to her throat and ‘what appeared to be’ a gun in his hand

No, Delta police are not pulling over cars to check for social distancing

DPD dispelling rumour cops pulling over vehicles with two or more people, checking IDs, issuing fines

B.C. couple celebrates 61st anniversary through seniors’ home window

Frank and Rena Phillips marked occasion at Nanaimo Seniors Village this week while social distancing

World COVID-19 update: Six million U.S. jobless claims; Russia sends medical aid to U.S.

Comprehensive update with COVID-19 news from around the world

A look at some of the B.C. inventors creating life-saving tools in fight against COVID-19

Groups across B.C. are working together to create what they hope will help people affected by the pandemic

Association launches French-language games, online tools for families learning at home

Games, culture and vocabulary included in new virtual resources

‘There can be no ambiguity’: Travellers brought home to B.C. must self-isolate

Health Minister Adrian Dix said the mandatory isolation must be abided by

55+ BC Games cancelled amid COVID-19 concerns

Greater Victoria set to host 2021 event

BC Hydro offers three-month bill ‘holiday’ for those affected by COVID-19

Industrial customers can defer half of their power bills

VIDEO: Dog missing in Lower Mainland since winter sees his family again for the first time

Aldergrove helped find Buster, says dad, who has now witnessed ‘the power of social media’

Some April Fool’s Day jokes bring much-needed laughter; others tone deaf to COVID-19

Police are warning the public not to use the ongoing pandemic as a punchline

Most Read