Man arrested in connection with 2 Surrey bank robberies

Jun 17 2019, 9:15 pm

Police in Surrey have arrested one man in connection with a pair of bank robberies in the city’s Guildford neighbourhood this past week.

According to police, the case began around noon on June 5, when officers responded to a report of a robbery at a financial institution in the 15900 block of 108 Avenue.

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The suspect was described as a Caucasian male wearing a blue hoody and a baseball cap and sunglasses, and departing the area in a black GMC pick-up truck.

A few days later on June 10, at approximately 7:30 pm, police received a report of a robbery at another financial institution in the 15900 block of Fraser Highway. The suspect was described as a Caucasian male wearing all black.

Investigators from the Surrey RCMP Robbery Unit took conduct of both investigations and were able to identify a single suspect for both occurrences.

Police attended the man’s residence where they report arresting the suspect and seizing a GMC pick-up truck along with other supporting evidence from the robberies.

Now, 37-year-old Surrey resident David Yaroslawsky has been charged with two counts of robbery. He remains in custody and the investigation continues.

“People who work in our community do not expect a robbery to occur when they attend work, and this can be very shocking and upsetting to some,” said Surrey RCMP Insp. Beth McAndie. “We hope the victims in these occurrences can take some comfort knowing the individual responsible has been arrested and charged.”

In the wake of the incident, as well as the arrest and charges, police are asking anyone with information who has not already done so, to contact the Surrey RCMP at 604-599-0502.

Those who wish to leave an anonymous tip can do so by contacting Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS or by leaving a tip online.