Newton robbery suspect arrested minutes after 911 call

A man who allegedly committed a personal robbery inside the ATM area of a bank in Newton was arrested within minutes after a 911 call.

On January 16 at 8:54 p.m., Surrey RCMP received a report of a personal robbery inside a bank in the 13600-block of 72 Avenue. The victim was depositing cash into the ATM when they were approached and allegedly robbed.

Police arrived on scene and quickly located a man nearby who matched the suspect description. The man was arrested and transported to Surrey RCMP cells.

On January 17, a charge of robbery was laid against 31-year-old Mahamed Osman Halane. He was brought before a judge and has been remanded into custody until his next appearance.

“We urge the community members to always be vigilant of your surroundings when using the ATM,” said Constable Sarbjit K. Sangha, Media Relations Officer. “In this case, Surrey RCMP frontline officers’ quick response along with detailed information provided by the victim led to a timely arrest of the suspect who remains in custody.”

Anyone with information about this incident is asked to contact the Surrey RCMP at 604-599-0502, or Crime Stoppers, if they wish to remain anonymous, at 1-800-222-8477 or