CCTV footage helps nab suspects
SURREY RCMP have arrested two men in connection with two separate robberies. In both incidents the suspects were arrested shortly after the incident and with the help of CCTV footage.
On October 1, at approximately 3 p.m., Surrey RCMP frontline officers responded to a report of an armed robbery at a bank in the 18600-block of Fraser Highway. A man had allegedly entered the bank, demanded money and threatened a bank employee with a weapon. Police were able to quickly review CCTV footage which led them to arrest a suspect who was still in the area.
Ryan Wilband, 40, of Abbotsford, has been charged with one count of robbery and two counts of breaching a probation order. He was remanded in custody.
On November 7, just before 2 p.m., Surrey RCMP received a report of a robbery at a bank in the 10100-block of King George Boulevard. A man allegedly entered the bank, demanded money, then fled the area. Surrey RCMP Robbery Unit took over the investigation and, with the assistance of CCTV footage, the Community Response Unit were able to locate the suspect and arrest him a short time later in Whalley.
Alan Granger, 42, of Surrey, has been charged with one count of robbery, and has also been remanded in custody.
“In both of these incidents, our investigators and frontline members secured valuable video evidence that assisted them to locate and arrest suspects.” said Sgt. Ryan Forbes, Surrey RCMP Robbery Unit, “We encourage all businesses and home owners, if it is within their means, to consider installing their own CCTV systems.”
Surrey RCMP said they regularly assist business owners by conducting security audits, and have a wealth of online resources for anyone wanting to learn more about steps they can take to protect their property. Details on how to arrange a security audit, as well as all online resources can be found on their Surrey RCMP website.