Suspect in 11 bank robberies 'caught in the act' by Vancouver police

Dec 18 2018, 5:24 pm

A man believed to be responsible for nearly a dozen bank robberies in Metro Vancouver is behind bars thanks to two quick-thinking Vancouver police officers who apparently caught the suspect in the act.

Knowing that the suspect was linked to 10 robberies in Vancouver and one in Surrey, the two plain clothes VPD officers focused their investigation this weekend on the few downtown bank branches that are open on Sundays.

It apparently paid off.

Around 2 pm, they noticed a man enter one of the banks and proceed to rob them.

They arrested the suspect outside the branch, and caught him red-handed with the stolen money, say VPD.

Darwin McGrath, a 50-year-old Vancouverite, is now charged with one count of robbery.

Sgt. Jason Robillard says more charges as possible, as they try to connect him to other recent robberies.

“We are very proud of our two patrol officers who went beyond the call and brought an end to a series of dangerous robberies that were continuing at an alarming rate,” Robillard said in a statement.

“Although no physical injuries were reported in any of the robberies, these types of crimes can be emotionally distressing  for anyone involved.”

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