Bank robbery suspect Sukhbir Singh Purewal turns himself in

2014-58631 bank robberySUKHBIR Singh Purewal, 31, of Surrey, the suspect involved in a bank robbery on May 1 at City Centre in the 10100-block of King George Boulevard turned himself in to police this past weekend, Surrey RCMP announced on Wednesday.

He faces one count of robbery.

“Apparently family members convinced the suspect to turn himself in after seeing our appeal for more information and his photo,” said Surrey RCMP Cpl. Bert Paquet. “We would like to take this opportunity to thank the media and the public for their assistance in this investigation.”

The VOICE had put up the story with photos last Saturday on our website at

Police had requested public assistance in identifying and locating the suspect involved in a robbery at a financial institution earlier this month in City Centre.

2014-58631 bank robbery_2Police had responded on May 1 at approximately 10:30 a.m. to the robbery. Officers were informed that a lone male suspect had entered the bank and made off with an undisclosed amount of money. No weapon was produced, however the threat of violence was used.

After speaking with witnesses and viewing the surveillance video, police said they believed the suspect was a male in his 20’s, with a dark complexion and medium build, wearing a greyish blue baseball cap, jacket with white straps, and grey pants with red stripes on the side. He fled the area on foot and despite extensive patrols was not located.

Investigators with the Surrey RCMP’s Robbery Unit had been unsuccessful in identifying the suspect and as a result appealed to the general public for their assistance.

And it worked.

Anyone with any information about this incident is asked to call the Surrey RCMP Robbery Unit at 604-599-0502, or if you wish to remain anonymous, Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS.