Youth charged in a series of street robberies in Surrey

SURREY RCMP announced on Monday that a youth has been charged in a series of robberies in Guildford area.

On April 24, between 10 p.m. and 11:30 p.m., Surrey RCMP responded to three separate reports of robberies and a fourth suspicious incident where a person reported that they felt they were about to be robbed. In all the incidents, bear spray was used by the suspect who stole cell phones and headphones.

The Surrey RCMP Robbery Unit took conduct of the investigations, which they believed to be a series by the same suspect. Extensive video canvassing was conducted and information sharing between partner agencies assisted with the identification of a suspect.

On May 17, a 15-year-old youth was charged with two counts of robbery and a warrant was issued for their arrest. The suspect was arrested the following day and remains in custody.

“The Surrey RCMP Robbery Unit works closely with our crime analysts to stay on top of trends, such as spikes in personal robberies and any linkages between investigations,” said Media Relations Officer Cpl. Vanessa Munn.

“While the latest crime cycle statistics show personal robberies are trending down, it’s important the public remain vigilant, keep valuables stored out of sight, and call police if you feel threatened.”

Police are sharing some safety tips to consider to help protect yourself:

  • Walk with confidence. Keep your head up and know where you are going.
  • Limit distractions. Store mobile phones and other valuables out of sight and remove your headphones.
  • Stay visible. Stick to well-lit areas, sidewalks and don’t wear dark clothing at night.
  • Take only your essentials. Carry only the necessary identification, money, or cards that you need. Have keys ready if you are heading to your car or house.
  • Trust your instincts. If you think someone is following you, call 9-1-1, and then find the nearest place of safety.
  • If someone tries to rob you, give up your property. Do not engage in the altercation as it increases your chance of getting physically harmed.

Additional safety information can be found on the Surrey RCMP websites Protect Yourself page.