Recent pharmacy robberies prompt appeal and reminder

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Surrey RCMP is seeking the public’s assistance in identifying suspects who may be responsible for a number of recent robberies.

Over the past few weeks, police in Surrey have responded to a number of robberies at local pharmacies that have occurred throughout the city. There are various descriptions of the suspects and investigators are looking at the possibility of these crimes being related to one group or persons. In each of the robberies a weapon is produced, but not used.

“While we are pleased that our overall robberies for 2013 decreased by 15%, this recent spike is concerning to investigators,” says Surrey RCMP Cpl. Bert Paquet. “Although no injuries have been reported in any of these robberies, we want to ensure the safety of the public by doing everything possible to locate and arrest these individuals.”

Surrey RCMP’s Robbery Section is continuing to advance these investigations; however, information surrounding those responsible or their associates would assist greatly in their efforts.

Anyone with more information is asked to contact the Surrey RCMP Robbery Section at 604-599-0502 or Crime Stoppers, if they wish to remain anonymous, at 1-800-222-8477.

Surrey RCMP reminds employees what to do in the event of a robbery:

  • Don’t make sudden moves.
  • Never argue – cooperate and comply with the robber’s demands.
  • Never assume a robber isn’t armed.
  • Try to pay close attention to what the robber looks like. Don’t stare, just observe.
  • Only activate a panic alarm if it is safe to do so.
  • Don’t be a hero!

For more information, please visit the Protect Yourself section of our website

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Sgt. Dale Carr
NCO i/c Media Relations & Special Events
Surrey RCMP Media Relations Unit