Man faces robbery and assault charges amid a string of crimes in Metro Vancouver

COQUITLAM, B.C. — The co-operation of four police detachments in Metro Vancouver has led to the arrest of a man accused of more than a dozen robberies.

A man is accused of robbing fast-food outlets, convenience stores and banks from Sept. 22 to Oct. 17 in Burnaby, Coquitlam, New Westminster and Langley.

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Cpl. Michael McLaughlin says Coquitlam RCMP had four cases they believed were connected to crimes happening in Langley and then Burnaby RCMP and New Westminster police made similar links.

Thirty-two-year-old Derek Muirhead was arrested last Friday and police say he faces 13 charges of robbery and one count of assault with a weapon in the four jurisdictions.

Police say more charges are possible as they continue their investigation.

Muirhead will appear in a Surrey court on Friday.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Nov. 13, 2019.

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