Police arrest suspect in 4 armed robberies of Lower Mainland businesses

Feb 7 2019, 9:34 pm

A New Westminster resident has been arrested and is facing multiple charges after four armed robberies across the Lower Mainland.

Between December 5, 2018, and January 7, 2019, four small businesses were robbed. The incidents occurred in New Westminster, Coquitlam, and Burnaby.

Each time, the suspect covered his face while demanding money and holding what was thought to be a firearm.

After a lengthy investigation by the New Westminster Police Department (NWPD), investigators determined the suspect’s residence and prepared a search warrant.

On January 29, 2019, David Bonsell of New Westminster was located and arrested.

The 50-year-old has since received 15 charges, including counts of robbery in New Westminster, Burnaby, and Coquitlam, multiple counts of using an imitation firearm, and multiple counts of uttering threats to cause death or bodily harm.

The NWPD credits both the Coquitlam and Burnaby RCMP detachments for a cooperative effort.

Bonsell is currently in-custody and waiting for a bail hearing scheduled on Monday, February 11, 2019.

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