The Canadian Press
SURREY, B.C.: Police have surrounded a bank in Surrey, B.C., after receiving multiple calls at about 8:30 a.m. about a robbery in progress.
RCMP say initial reports were the building had been evacuated of all staff and customers when officers arrived at the bank on 72nd Avenue in the Newton area of Surrey.
Witnesses say police have surrounded a TD Canada Trust branch at the corner of a shopping plaza.
An employee at a nearby store says 15 to 20 police cars have been stationed outside the bank since before she arrived at work.
The woman who did not wish to give her name says officers came by her store and told her to stay away from the area.
Another employee at a business about a block from the bank says police would not allow her to enter her workplace and that she went in through a back door.
Photographs posted on media websites show a nearby four-lane boulevard lined with businesses blocked off with police tape and a number of police cruisers in the area.
Witnesses say officers in the area are armed with rifles.
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