Police have charged a man with nine robberies over six days in three Lower Mainland communities.
Rupinder Jit Sooch, a 29-year-old Surrey resident, allegedly held up restaurants and sandwich shops in Langley, Surrey, and Delta between Jan. 31 and Feb. 5 this year.
In all the robberies, the thief was armed with a knife and would disguise his appearance with a hooded sweatshirt and cloth over the lower half of his face. He always fled in a four-door silver vehicle.
No one was hurt.
The six-month investigation involved forensic evidence, video surveillance evidence, and help from the public, according to the Surrey RCMP.
Surrey Mounties arrested Sooch and he has now been charged with nine counts of robbery and seven of disguise with intent to commit a crime.
Sooch is being held in custody until his next court appearance on Aug. 22.
"The collaboration with our partner police agencies and the assistance from members of the public were instrumental in helping us remove this individual from our streets," said Surrey RCMP Sgt. Drew Grainger.
In the event of a robbery, police recommend that merchants remain calm, cooperate with the robber's demands, and assume he or she is armed. Try to recall what the robber looks like, any vehicle they may use, and which direction they head when they leave. Call the police as soon as the robber is gone and it is safe to do so.
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