Suspects in armed robbery in Newton arrested in Burnaby

COORDINATED efforts by the Surrey RCMP and the Burnaby RCMP Gang Enforcement Team resulted in the arrests of two suspects following an alleged armed robbery that occurred in Newton.

Shortly before 8 p.m. on March 21, Surrey RCMP were called to a report of a robbery near 57 Avenue and 148 Street. The information received was that two unknown males flagged down a passing vehicle, under the pretense of needing assistance. The suspects are alleged to have produced a weapon and stolen the victims personal property.

The suspects then took off in a nearby vehicle. Although the victim was physically unharmed, this was a distressing incident for them. Surrey RCMP said victim services were provided.

The Surrey RCMP Gang Enforcement Team (SGET) immediately broadcasted details about the occurrence to other Lower Mainland police agencies. One hour later, at approximately 9 p.m., the suspects were arrested by the Burnaby RCMP Gang Enforcement Team in the 7700-block of 18 Avenue.

The Surrey RCMP took custody of the suspects who remained in police custody until their court appearance on Tuesday morning.

“We are very appreciative of the cooperation we received from the Burnaby RCMP,” said Superintendent Manly Burleigh, Surrey RCMP Operations Officer. “With their assistance we were able to apprehend the suspects within a few hours of the occurrence.”

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 www.solvecrime.ca

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