Burnaby RCMP’s gang enforcement team scooped up a pair of suspected armed robbers Saturday night after a call for help from their Surrey counterparts.
Police were called to a report of a robbery near 57 Avenue and 148 Street in Surrey shortly before 8 p.m., according to a Surrey RCMP news release.
Two men had reportedly flagged down a stranger in a passing vehicle under the pretense of needing help, the release said, but the pair then allegedly pulled a weapon and stole the victim’s personal property.
The suspects then took off in a nearby vehicle, according to police, but Surrey RCMP’s gang enforcement team broadcast details about the incident to colleagues across the Lower Mainland.
One hour later, at about 9 p.m., the two men were arrested by Burnaby RCMP’s gang enforcement team in the 7700 block of 18 Avenue in Burnaby.
The pair remained in police custody until court Tuesday morning.
The incident was “distressing” for the man who’d allegedly been robbed, but he was physically unharmed, according to police.
“We are very appreciative of the cooperation we received from the Burnaby RCMP,” Surrey RCMP Supt. Manly Burleigh said in the release. “With their assistance. we were able to apprehend the suspects within a few hours of the occurrence.”
Anyone with information about the incident is asked to contact Surrey RCMP at 604-599-0502.
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