New Westminster – On June 24, 2014 at approximately 10:20 am, NWPD patrol officers responded to a report of an armed robbery at a local business in the 1100 block of Royal Avenue. Upon arrival it was determined that the lone male suspect had robbed the business at knife point and fled with a small quantity of cash prior to police arrival.
The NWPD Major Crime Unit assumed conduct of the investigation and with the assistance of the NWPD Forensic Identification Section and Operational Support Unit, they were quickly able to identify a suspect, who was located and taken into custody during the evening of July 2, 2014.
Brent Michael Crane, a 31 year old Surrey resident, is now charged with one count of Robbery (section 344 of the Criminal Code), one count of attempt theft of a vehicle under $5000 (section 334(b) of the Criminal Code) and one count of mischief to property under $5000 (section 430 of the Criminal Code). NWPD investigators are now actively liaising with neighbouring jurisdictions to determine if Crane has involvement in additional offences. Crane is scheduled to appear in New Westminster Provincial Court on Friday July 4, 2014.
“This is an excellent example of intelligence-led policing, with several of our units working together to gather the evidence necessary to identify and arrest this subject,” said Staff-Sergeant Paul Hyland. “We are extremely pleased that this individual is now safely off the streets”.