Sources told The VOICE the suspect was a South Asian.
In October 2014, officers of the Surrey RCMP Robbery Unit began investigating cases where victims were being robbed when attempting to buy or sell mobile phones on a classified advertisements website. Once the victim and suspect agreed upon a price for the phone online, arrangements would be made to meet, usually at night in a residential area of Surrey. When the victim met up with the suspect, they were subsequently assaulted and robbed of their phones or money.
After identifying a suspect, the Surrey RCMP High Risk Target Team (HRTT) set up surveillance of the suspect and the suspect was arrested without incident on January 16.
The suspect, a 17-year-old male from Surrey, was found in possession of a large amount of cash, as well as pepper spray. Based on the location and description of the suspect, investigators believe he is responsible for a number of these personal robberies.
“Our officers were able to link several of the cases and began investigating these incidents, focusing on a single suspect,” says Cpl. Bert Paquet of the Surrey RCMP. ”Charges have not been laid yet, as our investigation continues, but we anticipate several counts of robberies will be recommended.”
The youth was released from custody on conditions, pending his first court appearance scheduled for March.
Residents are reminded to always exercise caution when purchasing items from strangers and whenever possible:
* Meet potential buyers and sellers in a public place such as mall or store
* Take someone with you
* Meet during the day time
* Be careful of people changing meeting place right before the meeting
* Never meet at your residence
* Other safety tips can be found on the Surrey RCMP’s website